As an employer, you are responsible for the safety and health of your employees. We know that you care about your employees and want them to return home safe to their families. Small business employers may be particularly challenged in this area, unable to afford a full-time safety person or a professional safety consultant. However, relying on luck is a slippery slope especially as direct and indirect costs associated with employee injury and illness can severely cripple or destroy a small business. This is where OSHA on-site consultation can help.

OSHA on-site consultation is completely separate from the OSHA inspection effort. OSHA consultation provides safety and health services at no cost to businesses. OSHA consultants are able to point out issues that could be found in an OSHA enforcement inspection while providing you an opportunity to correct those deficiencies without fines or penalties. Consultants help identify which OSHA regulations apply to your business, identify corrective measures for hazards identified at your workplace, develop your overall safety and health program and provide relevant safety and health training for your employees. Working with OSHA consultation may potentially help you improve employee morale, safety culture, reduce rates of employee injury/illness and better manage your worker’s compensation costs.

Employers who request service through the consultation program receive several benefits, to include:

  • Obtain high quality safety and industrial hygiene services, on-site, for free
  • Eliminate workplace hazards and achieve compliance with OSHA Standards
  • Avoid OSHA citations and penalties
  • Strengthen their safety and health programs
  • Reduce workplace injuries and illnesses
  • Reduce workers' compensation costs
  • Qualify for deferral or exemption from Programmed OSHA inspections (see SHARP)

In FY 2017, OSHA’s On-Site Consultation Program conducted approximately 26,000 visits to small business workers covering over 1.1 million workers across the nation. Join the thousands of businesses that have benefited from these services. Request a consultation visit today!

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