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Slide 46

Slide 46


Title: Office of Small Business Assistance

Type: Text Slide


  • Administers On-Site Consultation Program
  • Serves as liaison within OSHA for small businesses
  • Provides outreach and compliance assistance to small businesses

[Includes OSHA logo]

Speaker Notes:

The Office of Small Business Assistance works to ensure that OSHA provides small businesses with all of the rights they are entitled to under SBREFA.

The Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act, or SBREFA was designed to give small businesses assistance in understanding and complying with government regulations and more of a voice in the development of proposed new regulations. Under SBREFA, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and other Federal agencies must:

  • Produce Small Entity Compliance Guides for some rules
  • Be responsive to small business inquiries about compliance with the agency's regulations
  • Submit final rules to Congress for review
  • Have a penalty reduction policy for small businesses

OSHA's Penalty Reduction Policy is as follows:

  1. 60 percent PENALTY REDUCTION if an employer has 25 or fewer employees
  2. 40 percent if the employer has 26-100 employees
  3. 20 percent if the employer has 101-250 employees
  • Involve small businesses in the development of some proposed rules through Small Business Advocacy Review Panels.
    • OSBA coordinates OSHA's participation in Regulatory Fairness Hearings sponsored by the SBA
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