If an inspector finds violations of OSHA standards or serious hazards during an inspection, OSHA must issue a Citation and Notification of Penalty within 6 months of the violation’s occurrence. The citation will:
OSHA encourages employers to call their local OSHA office upon receipt of the citation to discuss any concerns.
Employers are required to immediately post any Citation and Notification of Penalty (or a copy) at or near the place where each violation occurred, regardless of whether the employer contests the citation.
The citation must remain posted in a place where employees can see it for 3 working days or until the violation is corrected, whichever is longer. (Saturdays, Sundays, and federal holidays are not counted as working days.) Failure to follow posting requirements is a violation and can result in a penalty.
In addition, abatement certification documents must be posted at or near the place where the violation occurred to inform employees of the abatement action(s) the employer has taken. Special rules may apply where such posting would be difficult or impractical.