Legal Primer: Conducting and Managing the Results of Safety Audits

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Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act) and its substantive regulations, covered employers are subject to certain safety and health audit requirements. For example, covered construction industry employers must institute a safety and health program that provides for “frequent and regular” inspections of jobsites by “competent persons” to ensure compliance with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) construction standard.

Duty to Audit

OSHA’s construction standard states that employers are required to initiate and maintain programs that provide for frequent and regular inspections of jobsites, materials, and equipment by competent persons. The regulations explain that a “competent

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