(From Fisher Phillips Newsletter) Employers have the right to be present for any walk-around conducted during an OSHA inspection. Best practices for protecting your walk-around rights includes being assertive of your rights, even when a safety and health officer (CSHO) has not specifically told you that you have a right to be present. If there are other employers at your job site, let them know they may be affected by the inspection. If you have reason to believe that OSHA violated your walk-around rights, think about what problems resulted from your lack of access, such as providing additional information to the CSHO. If you receive an unfair citation, the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission requires that you show how you were wronged before they will "vacate" or cancel it.
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