Scott is the manager on duty when a Compliance Safety and Health Officer (CSHO) comes in for an OSHA inspection. When asked to present his credentials, the CSHO states that he forgot them at home today and offers Scott his driver’s license as proof of identity.
What is Scott’s best course of action?
a. Allow the inspection and copy the inspector’s license
b. Allow the inspection and require the inspector to bring his credentials by tomorrow
c. Refuse to allow the inspection to proceed until the CSHO can properly identify himself
d. Allow the inspection because inspectors are not required to show identification
Correct answer: Refuse to allow the inspection to proceed until the CSHO can properly identify himself
An OSHA inspection is conducted by an individual trained in OSHA regulations and compliance standards, an individual referred to as a Compliance Safety and Health Officer (CSHO). The CSHO conducts inspections, usually unannounced, and follows a distinct procedure of an opening conference, a workplace tour, and a closing conference. During the workplace tour, the CSHO may speak to as many employees as they deem necessary to fully understand any workplace health and safety issues that may exist.
When the CSHO arrives, they should present their credentials and identification. If they do not, the employer has the right to insist on seeing them before the inspection can begin. Additionally, the employer has the right to require the inspector to hold security clearance to enter any secure areas that are to be inspected.