BWC’s 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, BWC’s 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.
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
They will not:
- 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
- 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.
Ultimately the consultation will provide employers with:
- Issue citations or propose penalties for violations of OSHA standards;
- Report possible violations to OSHA enforcement staff if abatement measures
- Guarantee that your workplace will pass an OSHA inspection.
- Appraisal of mechanical and environmental hazards and physical work
- Appraisal of the present job safety and health program or the establishment
- Conference with management on findings;
- Written report of recommendations and agreements;
- Training and assistance.
Safety consultants and industrial hygienists
We’ve assigned our field consultants by county. Look for your county to find the consultants assigned to your area.
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
If you have any questions about the consultation program, contact us at (800) 282-1425.