From coast to coast, every business in between can access a myriad of safety and health resources. Of course, private safety consultations cost money, and the price can be intimidating—even for something as important as preventing injuries. But there are free resources available, and most are not frequently utilized. One great example is a program offered by OSHA. OSHA funds an On-Site Consultation Program that is delivered by state agencies, and it is one of the most outstanding free resources out there, only a few clicks away.
OSHA’s On-Site Consultation Program offers free and confidential safety and occupational health advice to small and medium-sized businesses in all states across the country, with priority given to high-hazard worksites. On-site consultation services are separate from enforcement and do not result in penalties or citations. Consultants from state agencies or universities work with employers to identify workplace hazards, provide advice on compliance with OSHA standards, and assist in establishing injury and illness prevention programs.
Many safety professionals maintain that there is no better free regulatory guidance to be found than that provided by this service.
In NY State, the On-Site Consultation Services is directly affiliated with the NY State Department of Labor. Offices and professional consultants are located throughout the state. A company representative need only call an office nearest them to discuss their needs and concerns or to make arrangements for a site visit.
The visit resembles a federal OSHA inspection but without the citations and penalties. Consultants focus on the business’s specific concerns and will generate recommendations as necessary. Companies are then asked to take corrective action within the reasonable time period established by the NY State Consultant. And there are no other costs to the employer than those associated with the corrective actions!
Services and benefits include:
- Surveys to identify safety hazards and Industrial Hygiene surveys to determine air contaminant, noise exposure levels and other health hazards.
- Reduction of workplace accidents through identification of hazards.
- Reduction of Workers’ Compensation costs by reducing the number of claims.
- Compliance with Federal OSHA regulations.
Following the hazard survey, businesses have access to a wealth of free safety training materials on a variety of topics including:
- Accident Investigation
- Hazard Communication
- Recordkeeping Rule
- Fall Protection
- Safety for Workers in the Hospitality and Tourism Industries
- Confined Space Entry
- …and more!
The benefits from this free service are reaped by employers and employees alike. Hard to believe, but it’s all free!
To learn more about the free On-Site Consultation service, go to the OSHA.GOV website or most states will have a website as well. In New York, it can be found under the NYS Department of Labor @ [email protected]
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