Finding out that your car wash is due for an OSHA inspection can be stressful for you as a car wash owner. As long as you are a responsible car wash owner, you may not have anything to worry about, but it is still best to be prepared and have everything in order for the inspector.
Here are some tips on how you can prepare your car wash for an OSHA inspection.
Preparing for the Inspection
A good idea to prepare for the inspection is to have you and your employees check the work area for any potential issues during the work day that may come up during the OSHA inspection. For example, you may notice your First Aid kit isn’t fully stocked, or chemicals are labeled incorrectly.
These small things are exactly what the OSHA inspector will be looking for, so it’s best to take care of it before the inspector arrives.
To help you out, grainger.com has a helpful list that should help you prepare for your OSHA inspection. While the list is long, you will notice that many of the items on the list may not apply to you and your business, such as hoist equipment or welding equipment.
But it is important to keep in mind that the list provided isn’t set in stone; the OSHA inspector may have additional requirements that will need to be met. You will also be required to have a representative, such as yourself or another employee, on hand to answer any questions posed by the inspector and to give a tour of your business.
Get Your Paperwork in Order
The inspector will ask for certain paperwork, such as injury logs or illness reports, so it would be a good idea to have all of your paperwork in order so you can easily access the required information. Make sure that you check the paperwork ahead of time for any inaccurate information because this will slow down the inspection and can lead to some problems.
You want to make a good impression on the inspector, so showing him or her that your business is organized and in order will help quite a bit.
Do a Thorough Inspection of Your Car Wash
While having your employees and yourself keeping an eye out for any potential issues is a good idea, make sure you also schedule a thorough inspection of your car wash yourself. Plan it on a day when your business isn’t open and make sure to check every area of your business for any potential safety violations.
Is Your Equipment up to Code?
Everything from labeling to safety warnings to proper storage of your car wash chemicals needs to be in order. Once everything has been properly looked over, you should be ready for your inspection!
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