Occupational Safety and Health - Inspections
Risk Managements Safety Division conducts worksite safety assessments, inspections and audits to identify potential risks, and then recommends actions necessary to abate, control and/or minimize hazards or to fully implement measures to control the risks and provides environmental, safety and risk management technical assistance to Anne Arundel County agencies to ensure employee safety in the workplace. These inspections are conducted to ensure compliance with Federal Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA, 29 CFR 1910) standards and guidelines. The top priority for inspection is an imminent danger-a situation where workers face an immediate risk of death or serious physical harm. The Safety Division also aids in the development of policies to foster, promote, and develop a safe work environment for all Anne Arundel County departments and employees.
To ensure that all County buildings meet the minimum Occupational Safety and Health requirements, Risk Management follows the Code of Federal Regulations, International Fire Code, and Environmental Protection Agency Guidelines.
Occupational Safety and Health Complaints
Occupational Safety and Health complaint investigations are conducted in response to complaints received from employees and referrals. Risk management will follow up to verify that the hazard has been identified and that corrective action is being undertaken. Complaint inspections generally are limited to the hazards listed in the complaint, although other violations in plain sight may be cited as well. Risk management may decide to expand the inspection based on the Occupational Safety and Health Specialist professional judgment or conversations with workers. Complaints are inspected based on the severity of the alleged hazard and the number of employees exposed.