On July 1, 2005 the Public Employment Risk Reduction Program (PERRP) and the
OSHA On-Site Consultation program moved from the Ohio Department of Commerce to BWC.
The two programs now reside within BWC’s Division of Safety & Hygiene. Below is a
brief description of each program with links to additional information.
Public Employment Risk Reduction Program (PERRP)
The goal of PERRP is to prevent on-the-job accidents, injuries and illnesses and
reduce workers’ compensation costs for public employers such as city, township,
county and state workplaces, schools and hospitals.
PERRP services are free and include on-site hazard evaluations, safety and hygiene
training and industrial hygiene services. The department also reviews required
written programs to ensure compliance with federal workplace safety regulations.
PERRP conducts nearly 900 safety consultations each year, helping provide a safer
workplace for thousands of public employees in Ohio.
PERRP consultants notify and/or visit employers (depending on the situation) when:
- An employer requests their services;
- It receives a formal, written employee complaint;
- When a serious workplace incident results in a fatality or the hospitalization
of three or more employees.
OSHA On-Site Consultation Program
The OSHA On-Site Consultation Program is jointly funded by federal OSHA.
It focuses primarily on small, high-hazard employers who want help in finding
and correcting safety hazards in their workplaces.
OSHA On-Site Consultation’s services include free on-site safety inspections and
consultation, safety program assistance, safety and hygiene training or seminars,
and printed and electronic resources.
Unlike the federal OSHA program, OSHA On-Site Consultation does not have right of
entry to a workplace; and it does not issue citations or fines. An employer must
request the service, and has a mutually agreed-upon timeframe within which to
correct any safety hazards identified.
Employers who abate the hazards identified in their workplaces and maintain an
exemplary safety record may qualify for OSHA’s Safety and Health Achievement
Recognition Program (SHARP).