(a) Authority to issue; grounds; contents; notice in lieu of
citation for de minimis violations
If, upon inspection or investigation, the Secretary or his
authorized representative believes that an employer has violated a
requirement of section 654 of this title, of any standard, rule or
order promulgated pursuant to section 655 of this title, or of any
regulations prescribed pursuant to this chapter, he shall with
reasonable promptness issue a citation to the employer. Each
citation shall be in writing and shall describe with particularity
the nature of the violation, including a reference to the provision
of the chapter, standard, rule, regulation, or order alleged to
have been violated. In addition, the citation shall fix a
reasonable time for the abatement of the violation. The Secretary
may prescribe procedures for the issuance of a notice in lieu of a
citation with respect to de minimis violations which have no direct
or immediate relationship to safety or health.
Each citation issued under this section, or a copy or copies
thereof, shall be prominently posted, as prescribed in regulations
issued by the Secretary, at or near each place a violation referred
to in the citation occurred.
(c) Time for issuance
No citation may be issued under this section after the expiration
of six months following the occurrence of any violation.