Helping Employers Identify On-Site Work Hazards

Trinity Community, a nursing home facility in Beavercreek, Ohio, contacted OSHA’s free On-Site Consultation Program to improve fire safety, noise control, lockout/tagout, and other concerns.

Working with OSHA’s consultants, the nursing home instituted measures that included developing an employee safety handbook, holding an annual Safety Fair, and conducting ongoing safety education.

As a result of these and other efforts, Trinity’s rates of recordable and serious injuries dropped to less than half the national average for nursing homes and it was accepted into OSHA’s Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program.

The program offers no-cost and confidential occupational safety and health services to small- and medium-sized businesses in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and several U.S. territories, 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 for compliance with OSHA standards, and assist in establishing and improving safety and health programs.

Using a no-cost consultation service largely funded by the OSHA, employers can find out about potential hazards at their worksites, improve their safety and health programs, and even qualify for a one-year exemption from routine OSHA inspections.

The service is delivered by state governments using well-trained professional staff. Most consultations take place on-site, though limited services away from the worksite are available.

Primarily targeted for smaller businesses, this safety and health consultation program is completely separate from the OSHA inspection effort. In addition, no citations are issued or penalties proposed.

It’s confidential, too. Your name, your firm’s name, and any information you provide about your workplace, plus any unsafe or unhealthful working conditions that the consultant uncovers, will not be reported routinely to the OSHA inspection staff.

Your only obligation will be to correct serious job safety and health hazards — a commitment which you are expected to make prior to the actual visit and carry out in a timely manner.