Almost two-thirds of ISHN readers audit their workplaces to measure how well they're doing in safety and health, according to our 1999 White Paper survey. But have you ever feared that OSHA might use information you voluntarily collected to cite your company for violations?
It's a topic of discussion in Washington these days. Inspectors' unrestricted access to audit documents scares some companies into taking steps that undercut the usefulness of their audits, according to several industry groups. Their cause was aided earlier this year when a Republican Congressman weighed in with a bill that would limit OSHA's legal ability to use voluntary audits.