Attention small business owners! Did you know that the Commonwealth offers a free workplace safety consultation service?
The Department of Labor Standards (DLS) offers a free consultation service designed to help employers recognize and control potential safety and health hazards at their worksites, improve their safety and health program, assist in training employees, and possibly qualify for a one-year exemption from routine OSHA inspections.
This service, which is jointly funded by the DLS and the U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), is primarily targeted for smaller businesses (fewer than 250 employees per establishment or 500 employees nationwide) in high hazard industries; such as manufacturing, healthcare, and construction. It is a confidential service in which your firm’s name, and any other information you provide and any unsafe or unhealthy working conditions found, will not be reported routinely to the OSHA inspection staff.
The consultation service is completely separate from the federal OSHA inspection effort. The Consultation Program consists of highly-trained safety and health (industrial hygiene) professionals with many years of experience. DLS Consultants issue no citations or penalties for non-compliance. Your only obligation will be to agree to correct all serious safety and health hazards in a timely manner.
Although the Consultation Program is primarily targeted for smaller businesses (fewer than 250 employees per establishment or 500 employees nationwide) in high hazard industries (high hazard SIC Codes), all private-sector employers are welcome to request a consultative survey. Since this service is voluntary, you must request a consultative visit.
The DLS Consultants will:
• Help you recognize hazards in your workplace.
• Suggest control measures and options for solving a safety or health problem.
• Provide technical support.
• Assist you in writing and implementing OSHA-required written programs.
• Help you establish or strengthen a safety and health program.
• Provide a detailed written report summarizing all findings.
• Provide training and education for you and your employees.
The DLS Consultants will not:
• Issue citations or propose penalties for violations of OSHA standards.
• Report possible violations to OSHA enforcement staff.
• Guarantee that your workplace will “pass” an OSHA inspection.
The Federal Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 allows for Cooperative Agreements between States and the Federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to provide consultative services to employers. This service is made available at no cost to employers to assist them in establishing effective occupational safety and health programs. The overall goal is to prevent the occurrence of injuries and illnesses which may result from exposure to hazardous workplace conditions and from hazardous work practices. The principal assistance will be provided at the employer’s worksite, but offsite assistance may also be provided.
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