Name of the Employer
Last year, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) surveyed employers to identify the workplaces with the highest Days Away from work, Restricted, or Transferred (DART) rates. Your establishment was one of those identified as having a DART rate higher than most other businesses in this country.
I am writing you to alert you to this fact and to offer ways that you can obtain assistance in addressing safety and health hazards in your workplace. OSHA recognizes that your elevated DART rate does not necessarily indicate a lack of interest in safety and health. Whatever the cause, a high rate is costly to your company in both personal and financial terms.
Over the years OSHA has found that many employers need additional expertise in the field of workplace safety and health and welcome assistance by other experts in this field. An excellent way for small business employers with 250 or fewer workers to address safety and health in their workplaces is to ask for assistance from OSHA's onsite consultation program. This program is administered by a state agency and operated separately from OSHA's enforcement program. The service is free to small businesses and confidential. Since it is not associated with enforcement, citations and penalties cannot be issued. Designed for small employers, the onsite consultation program can help you identify hazards in your workplace and find effective and economical solutions for eliminating or controlling those hazards. In addition, the OSHA state consultant can assist you in developing and implementing a safety and health management system for your workplace.
In your state, the OSHA onsite consultation program may be contacted at:
Contact point for consultation in employer's state
Often your employees can also be a source for identifying hazards and finding solutions. In addition, private consultants, your insurance carrier, or state's workers' compensation agency might be a source of onsite assistance. We encourage you to consider these suggestions as well as visit OSHA's home page at www.osha.gov for information to ensure safe and healthful working conditions in your establishment. As it was last year, a list of all the employers receiving this letter will be available from the OSHA website on the Freedom of Information Act page.
John L. Henshaw