Executive Order 12196 requires that each agency utilize as inspectors "personnel with equipment and
competence to recognize hazards." Inspections shall be conducted by inspectors qualified to recognize and evaluate hazards of the working environment
and to suggest general abatement procedures. Safety and health specialists as defined in 1960.2(s), with experience and/or up-to-date training in
occupational safety and health hazard recognition and evaluation are considered as meeting the qualifications of safety and health inspectors. For
those working environments where there are less complex hazards, such safety and health specializations as cited above may not be required, but
inspectors in such environments shall have sufficient documented training and/or experience in the safety and health hazards of the workplace involved
to recognize and evaluate those particular hazards and to suggest general abatement procedures. All inspection personnel must be provided the
equipment necessary to conduct a thorough inspection of the workplace involved.
Each agency which has workplaces containing information classified in the interest of national security
shall provide access to safety and health inspectors who have obtained the appropriate security clearance.
All areas and operations of each workplace, including office operations, shall be inspected at least
annually. More frequent inspections shall be conducted in all workplaces where there is an increased risk of accident, injury, or illness due to the
nature of the work performed. Sufficient unannounced inspections and unannounced follow-up inspections should be conducted by the agency to ensure the
identification and abatement of hazardous conditions.
When situations arise involving multiple agencies' responsibilities for conditions affecting employee
safety and health, coordination of inspection functions is encouraged.