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Employers have a responsibility to maintain safe working conditions for their employees and to comply with the government health and safety standards that are applicable to their establishments. They must also ensure that employees have and use personal protective equipment when required for safety and health as they do their jobs. When employees stay whole and healthy, businesses also benefit. They experience lower workers' compensation insurance costs, decreased payout for return-to-work programs, fewer faulty products, and increased productivity. One of the key ways that employers can maintain safe and compliant working conditions is to conduct regular and thorough workplace inspections. This course provides and introduction to workplace inspections, both internal, self-regulated inspections and external inspections carried out by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). You will learn about types and frequency of inspections, how to carry out a workplace inspection, what to expect when being inspected by an OSHA compliance officer, and the penalties your business may be subject to if your workplace is found to be in violation of the Occupational Safety and Health Act. This course was developed with subject matter support provided by EnSafe Inc., a global professional services company focusing on engineering, environment, health and safety, and information technology. Please note, the course materials and content were current with the laws and regulations at the time of the last expert review, however, they may not reflect the most current legal developments. Nothing herein, or in the course materials, shall be construed as professional advice as to any particular situation with respect to compliance with legal statutes or requirements.