What to do when an OHS inspector shows up

Don’t panic – create a positive atmosphere and make sure to document everything
By Anna Aceto-Guerin
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 03/11/2013

It’s Friday morning, you’re trying to get back into your work routine as you sip your coffee and drive into the office. But as you pull in, you are greeted by a government health and safety inspector. This scenario is not out of the ordinary — so what do you do?

No matter what is going through your head, it’s important to remember the inspectors are there to assist your company in being a safer workplace. Make sure you create a positive atmosphere where they feel welcomed.

It’s also important to do your best to work with the inspectors — don’t push them away or they’ll come back with a larger group that might include management members or leading experts such as engineers.