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Compliance

Who We Are

UOSH Compliance division is dedicated to improving work place safety through enforcement of Federal OSHA and Utah Occupational Safety and Health Standards. Enforcement of these standards is accomplished by work site inspections.

There Are Four Primary Reasons For A Work Place Inspection

Reason #1 | Imminent Danger

A report to UOSH, by members of the public or governmental agency, of an employee who is exposed to a hazard which has a reasonable certainty that the hazard could cause the employee serious injury or death.

Reason #2 | Fatality/Catastrophe/Accident

Employee(s) involved in an accident which resulted in serious injury or death
Accident which caused multiple hospitalizations of employees
Accident, with injuries, reported to UOSH

Reason #3 | Complaints/Referrals

Employees or their representatives submit a formal complaint alleging serious hazards in the workplace
Other agencies reporting observed hazards in the workplace

Reason #4 | Programmed Inspections

Emphasis Programs focusing on a particular hazard found in the workplace
Emphasis Programs focusing on a particular occupation known to have high hazards and high rates of injuries
The inspection will be conducted by a UOSH Compliance Safety and Health Officer (CSHO).

Report an Accident or Unsafe Working Conditions

Work related fatalities, serious injuries and imminent danger situations can be reported to UOSH 24/7 by calling (801) 530-6901. If there is no answer, please leave a message and you will be contacted during business hours.

File a Safety and Health Complaint (Employee)​

To report a hazardous condition in your workplace please use our online form or download the Safety and Health Complaint Form and submit it.

Whistleblower Protection

The Act allows an employee to file a complaint of hazards in their workplace without fear of retaliation from the employer. It also protects employees who have testified or are about to testify in any proceeding, related to occupational safety and health, or exercises any right granted by the Act on the behalf of the employee or others.

UOSH Inspection Procedures

1. Opening Conference

All inspections begin with an Opening Conference. During the opening conference the Compliance Safety and Health Officer (CSHO) will discuss the reason for the inspection, and the scope of the inspection (Comprehensive, or Limited). The employer will be asked to provide OSHA Injury and Illness Logs (if required), training documentation, written programs, and other documentation required by a regulation.

2. Walk Around

The CSHO will conduct the inspection according to the scope of the inspection. A comprehensive inspection is a thorough inspection of all potentially hazardous areas of the establishment. A limited inspection is limited to certain potentially hazardous areas, operations, conditions or practices at the establishment.

3. Interviews

The CSHO will conduct private interviews with employees to assist in the completion of the inspection.

4. Closing Conference

At the completion of the inspection the CSHO will hold a closing conference to discuss the results of the inspection. This will include any violations that were found during the inspection, the citations that will be issued, the employer’s rights and responsibilities, and the length of time the employer has to abate all serious hazards.

5. Issuance of Citations

A citation packet will be sent to the employer. The citation will include the employer’s rights and responsibilities, which standards were violated, the monetary penalty, abatement requirements, and the certificate of abatement.

Employers Rights and Responsibilities Following a UOSH Inspection

1. Post Citation

The citation must be posted immediately in a prominent place at or near the location of the violation. The citation must remain posted until the violation has been abated or three working days, whichever is longer.

2. Informal Conference

An employer may request an informal conference to present any evidence or views which you believe would support an adjustment to the citation(s) or penalty(ies). This request must be within 30 calendar days after receipt of the citation packet.

3. Formal Contest

Written notification of a formal contestment of the citation(s), penalty(ies), or abatement dates. This notification must be sent to the Utah Labor Commission Adjudication Division within 30 days of receipt of the citation packet.

4. Abatement

All cited hazards must be corrected, and the certification of abatement, must be returned to UOSH by the due date listed in the citation. Petition for Modification of Abatement (PMA)

5. Modification of Abatement Form

To request an extension of the abatement dates, download the Petition for Modification of Abatement at the bottom of this page and send it to UOSH prior to the abatement due date listed in the citation.

6. Compliance Assistance

A Compliance Assistance Specialist (CAS) is available to provide outreach for your group free of charge. The CAS can provide general information on workplace safety and health, UOSH Local Emphasis Programs, how to comply with workplace safety and health regulations, newly adopted federal and state standards, injury and illness statistics, and many other safety and health topics. Contact our CAS at (801) 530-6901.

7. Voluntary Protection Program

The Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP) promotes effective worksite-based safety and health. In the VPP, management, labor, and Utah Occupational Safety and Health (UOSH) establish cooperative relationships at workplaces that have implemented a comprehensive safety and health management system. Approval into VPP is UOSH’s official recognition of the outstanding efforts of employers and employees who have achieved exemplary occupational safety and health. For more information please contact us at (801) 530-6901.