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OSHA On-Site Consultation Program - Programs and services

BWCs OSHA On-Site Consultation Program is primarily funded by the U.S. Department of Labor - OSHA, and focuses on small, high-hazard employers. The OSHA On-Site Consultation Program is a free service for those employers who want assistance in identifying and correcting safety and health hazards in their workplaces, as well as creating and improving safety and health-management systems.

OSHA On-Site Consultation Program consultants have the same training as federal Compliance Safety and Health Officers (CSHOs), and can assist employers in addressing the type of things a CSHO would be looking for.

However, unlike the federal OSHA program, BWCs OSHA On-Site Consultation Program does not issue citations or fines. When an employer requests our services, they receive a mutually agreed-upon time frame for correcting any serious safety and health hazards that a consultant identifies.

Consultations
Consultation is voluntary; therefore, you must request it. Call, mail or fill out and submit the request for service form on this Web site. The consultant will discuss your specific needs with you and set up a visit based on the priority assigned to your request, your work schedule and the time needed for the consultant to prepare adequately to serve you. OSHA On-Site Consultation encourages a complete review of your firm's safety and health policies and procedures; however, if you wish you may limit the visit to one or more areas of concern.

When the consultant arrives at your work site for the scheduled visit, he or she will:

  • Meet with you in an opening conference to briefly review the consultant's role and the obligation you incur as an employer;
  • Survey your entire workplace or the specific operations you designate and discuss the applicable OSHA standards;
  • Conduct a walk-through inspection;
  • Suggest general approaches or options for solving a safety or health problem;
  • Identify types of help available if you need further assistance;
  • Conduct a closing conference;
  • Provide you with a written report summarizing findings;
  • Assist you to develop or maintain an effective safety and health program;
  • Provide training and education for you and your employees.
They will not:
  • Issue citations or propose penalties for violations of OSHA standards;
  • Report possible violations to OSHA enforcement staff if abatement measures are implemented;
  • Guarantee that your workplace will pass an OSHA inspection.
Ultimately the consultation will provide employers with:
  • Appraisal of mechanical and environmental hazards and physical work practices;
  • Appraisal of the present job safety and health program or the establishment of one;
  • Conference with management on findings;
  • Written report of recommendations and agreements;
  • Training and assistance.

Safety consultants and industrial hygienists
Weve assigned our field consultants by county. Look for your county to find the consultants assigned to your area.

SHARP
In Ohio employers participate in OSHA's Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP). This program is designed to provide incentives and support to smaller, high-hazard employers to develop, implement and continuously improve effective safety and health programs at their work site(s). SHARP provides for recognition of employers who have demonstrated exemplary achievements in workplace safety and health. For more information about SHARP, please visit OSHA's Web site.

See local businesses with the SHARP distinction
Haltec Corporation

If you have any questions about the consultation program, contact us at (800) 282-1425.


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