Surviving the OSHA Audit



Within this book, respected OSHA consultant, David A. Casavant takes you behind the curtain and reveals exactly what happens during an OSHA inspection, rules for behavior during the audit and perhaps more importantly, what you can do now to comply with the often-complicated OSHA regulations.

This essential guide simplifies complex regulatory law, provides commonsense strategies for compliance and should be included in every safety professional, risk manager, or attorney’s toolbox.

In this book, you’ll learn about:

  • Rights and Responsibilities under OSHA Law
  • How to Make the Business Case for Safety and Health
  • The Regulatory Nomenclature
  • How OSHA Standards Are Developed
  • How to Appeal an OSHA Standard
  • Understanding the General Duty Clause
  • What to Expect during the OSHA Visit
  • Three Phases of an OSHA Audit
  • Classification of Fines and Citations
  • How to Win the Informal Conference
  • How OSHA Determines Your Fine Amount
  • How OSHA Calculates Penalty Adjustments (Both Up and Down)
  • Negotiation Strategies to Reduce (or Eliminate) Your Citations and Fines
  • Understanding Affirmative Defenses and Unpreventable Employee Misconduct
  • Using the Isolated Event Defense and Burden of Proof
  • How to Show Good Faith and Due Diligence as a Strategy
  • Weak Excuses That You Should Avoid
  • How OSHA Views Your Responsibility to Temporary Workers
  • How to Develop the Job Hazard Analysis (JHA)
  • Establishing an Injury and Illness Prevention Program
  • How Does OSHA View Safety Incentive Programs
  • Safety as a Profit Center
  • How to Benchmark Your Way to a Safer Workplace
  • Understanding OSHA Injury and Illness Recordkeeping
  • Establishing and Reaching Health-and-Safety-Related Goals
  • Helpful Compliance Programs and Specialists
  • How to Become an Authorized OSHA Trainer
  • Plus, much more. . .


Surviving the OSHA Audit