By Greg Collins, Industrial Safety Administrator, On-site Consultation
Working with the BWC’s OSHA On-Site Consultation Program can provide many benefits to a small, high-hazard employers. Here are a few of the benefits available from working with us:
- Get cost-effective professional occupational safety and health consulting for your work site. Call 1-800-282-1425 and request a visit. The Program’s services are free to small, high-hazard employers. The majority of these services are paid for through a grant from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and the rest by BWC’s Division of Safety and Hygiene.
- Get free hazard detection services and advice on hazard corrections. Program consultants conduct surveys of your facility, and provide a report which lists the hazardous conditions discovered along with advice for correcting the hazards.
- Get free industrial hygiene sampling of processes in your facility. Upon request, the program’s industrial hygienists will evaluate your operations, and then conduct the sampling necessary to determine what the levels of air contaminants or noise levels are in your facility. They will use this information to help put together advice for improving the conditions in your facility if necessary.
- Improve a safety and health management system so that it is an exemplary system. Using tools such as the program’s safety and health assessment worksheet, safety consultants will assist employers in evaluating their safety and health management systems, and provide advice for making improvements and charting progress. Successful participants may elect to participate in OSHA’s Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP), which is a program that recognizes companies with exemplary programs, and provides to them an exemption from general schedule OSHA inspections. SHARP is an OSHA program administered by BWC.
- Receive conditional protection from general schedule OSHA inspections while working on improving your program. Participants in the consultation program receive what is referred to as “consultation in progress status.” This means that while an employer is working with the OSHA On-Site Consultation Program, OSHA will not conduct general scheduled inspections at your work site. OSHA will still respond to fatalities, complaints, recordkeeping self-reporting, and disasters at your work site during a consultation.
The OSHA On-Site Consultation Program conducts about 900 visits per year. Please consider joining these other employers who are benefiting from our services.
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