Every manufacturing facility and chemical plant in the country must follow the regulations and standards imposed by OSHA, which serves to protect employees working for those companies. Hiring an outside company to inspect the property is a good way to find out if you meet the bare minimum requirements of OSHA or if you need to make some changes to the facility.
Importance of an Inspection
Bumble Bee Foods made headlines in 2015 after one of its employees died on the job. The man, who was inside one of the ovens and cleaning, lost his life after another worker started the oven without realizing he was there. The man responsible for the accident faced criminal charges, and the company itself faced fines of more than $1 million. Any minor violation that leads to the death of an employee or injures a worker can leave your company facing so many fines and criminal charges that your business may never recover.
What Does the Inspection Cover?
When hiring an outside company for an inspection, you want one that offers a non-destructive examination. This ensures that you get a detailed report and that the inspection process will not damage any of the equipment you use or disrupt any of your employees. The inspection will look at all the tools and equipment used in the facility, the quality and assurance of your products and any other factors associated with your business. Though an inspection can be expensive, it costs far less than the fines you might face later.