Last year OSHA’s free On-Site Consultation Program helped more than 27,000 employers create safer workplaces. This consultation is available to small and medium-sized businesses in every state, and it helps employers find out about potential hazards at their workplace, improve programs that are already in place, and even qualify for a one-year exemption from routine OSHA inspections.
Plus, it’s free and confidential.
How it works
Consultants from state agencies or universities work with employers to identify workplace hazards, assist in establishing injury and illness prevention programs, and provide advice on compliance with OSHA standards. Using OSHA’s free consultation service lowers injury and illness rates, ultimately saving both employers and employees from the cost of accidents, while raising morale and increasing productivity rates.
An OSHA consultant will start with a conference with you before beginning the walkthrough. They will study your entire workplace, pointing out safety or health risks, and then, after the walkthrough, the consultant will review the findings with you. You will receive a detailed written report explaining the findings and confirming any abatement periods agreed upon. They may also contact you from time to time to check your progress.
Your name, your firm’s name, and any information you provide about your workplace, plus any unsafe or unhealthful working conditions that the consultant uncovers, will not be reported routinely to the OSHA inspection staff. No citations or penalties will be issued. Your only obligation is to correct serious job safety and health hazards and to carry out these corrections in a timely manner.
To get started
This is a voluntary program, so you will need to request a consultation.
The consultant will discuss your specific needs with you and set up a visit date based on the priority assigned to your request. High-risk businesses have first priority.
This is a great service that we recommend to every small and midsize business. For everyday help with OSHA compliance and general worker safety, contact Vanguard Resources.