OSHA Consultation: How to Get Started
- Wanda D. Minnick (Indiana University of Pennsylvania) | Laura Helmrich-Rhodes (Indiana University of Pennsylvania) | John Mulroy (Indiana University of Pennsylvania) | Dennis McKnight (Case Foundation Co.)
- Document ID
- American Society of Safety Engineers
- Professional Safety
- Publication Date
- June 2019
- Document Type
- Journal Paper
- 46 - 50
- 2019. American Society of Safety Professionals
- 1 in the last 30 days
- 5 since 2007
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- Today, the OSHA consultation program covers more than 1 million workers across the U.S. and in 2017 conducted some 26,000 visits to small business work sites.
- Participation in on-site OSHA consultation is free, the visit is confidential and is delivered by state-run agencies. Employers engaged in a consultation visit are deferred from general or programmed OSHA enforcement inspections.
- This article details the process of how to get started and explains what to expect from a visit. It also offers insight into the mission of the program and discusses employer misconceptions.
It has been 43 years since Congress authorized OSHA to largely fund state on-site consultation services (Shapiro & Rabinowitz, 1997), a program that offers free consultation services upon a small employer’s request. Today the program covers more than 1 million workers across the U.S. and in 2017 conducted approximately 26,000 visits to small business work sites (OSHA, 2019a). OSHA defines a small employer as having fewer than 250 employees and fewer than 500 employees company- wide.
Small employers have been called the backbone of the country, as they make up nearly half of the private workforce and are enthusiastic about future growth (MSNBC, 2017; SBA Office of Advocacy, 2016). The CEO of the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) stated that the 2017 Small Business Optimism Index was the strongest ever in the history of the 45-year old survey (NFIB, 2018). Considering the optimism and anticipated growth of small employers, it is timely to consider the safety and health of their employees.
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