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Police say beware of OSHA impersonators

By kbender
Thursday, September 18th, 2008 at 3:05 pm in Uncategorized.

Berkeley Police and the Berkeley Chamber of Commerce are reminding merchants to beware of Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) impersonators.

Last month, there was a group of three people who posed as OSHA inspectors and went into five businesses on San Pablo Ave, demanding to see and inspect labor posters to verify that they were up to date.  These impersonators did not have any paperwork or identification that affiliated them with OSHA.

Once they examined the posters, they told the employees that they were out of date and between $50 and $125 in cash as a fine, which they claimed was considerable less than the usual OSHA penalty.

None of the businesses cooperated with the impostors and when they demanded to see ID, the suspects said they had just given all their cards away, and then, walked out of the businesses.

Please remind merchants that any OSHA inspector coming into their business will have OSHA Identification, and paperwork that the inspector has prepared prior to the inspection. 

What’s more, OSHA inspectors will not ask for payment; they will issue citations. 

A business can refuse an initial inspection and the OSHA inspector would have to return with a warrant.

If a merchant comes across someone who they believe is impersonating an inspector, they should call Berkeley Police at 981-5900 right away.

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