Subject to the provisions of §1903.3, inspections shall take place at such times and in such places of
employment as the Area Director or the Compliance Safety and Health Officer may direct. At the beginning of an inspection, Compliance Safety and
Health Officers shall present their credentials to the owner, operator, or agent in charge at the establishment; explain the nature and purpose of the
inspection; and indicate generally the scope of the inspection and the records specified in §1903.3 which they wish to review. However, such
designation of records shall not preclude access to additional records specified in §1903.3.
Compliance Safety and Health Officers shall have authority to take environmental samples and to take or
obtain photographs related to the purpose of the inspection, employ other reasonable investigative techniques, and question privately any employer,
owner, operator, agent or employee of an establishment. (See §1903.9 on trade secrets.) As used herein, the term employ other reasonable investigative
techniques includes, but is not limited to, the use of devices to measure employee exposures and the attachment of personal sampling equipment such
as dosimeters, pumps, badges and other similar devices to employees in order to monitor their exposures.
In taking photographs and samples, Compliance Safety and Health Officers shall take reasonable
precautions to insure that such actions with flash, spark-producing, or other equipment would not be hazardous. Compliance Safety and Health Officers
shall comply with all employer safety and health rules and practices at the establishment being inspected, and they shall wear and use appropriate
protective clothing and equipment.
The conduct of inspections shall be such as to preclude unreasonable disruption of the operations of
the employer's establishment.
At the conclusion of an inspection, the Compliance Safety and Health Officer shall confer with the
employer or his representative and informally advise him of any apparent safety or health violations disclosed by the inspection. During such
conference, the employer shall be afforded an opportunity to bring to the attention of the Compliance Safety and Health Officer any pertinent
information regarding conditions in the workplace.
Inspections shall be conducted in accordance with the requirements of this part.
[36 FR 17850, Sept. 14, 1971, as amended at 47 FR 6533, Feb. 12, 1982; 47 FR 55481, Dec. 10, 1982]