Benefits and Resources
OSHA's Free On-site Consultation Program
OSHA's free On-site Consultation Program offers free and confidential advice to small and medium-sized businesses in all states across the country, 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 on compliance with OSHA standards, and assist in establishing injury and illness prevention programs.
In FY 2014, responding to requests from small employers looking to create or improve their injury and illness prevention programs, OSHA's On-site Consultation Program conducted approximately 27,000 visits to small business worksites covering over 1.25 million workers across the nation. To locate the OSHA On-site Consultation Program nearest you, call 1-800-321-6742 (OSHA) or visit OSHA's Consultation Directory.
Compliance Assistance Specialists (CAS)
Each OSHA Area Office in states under federal jurisdiction has a Compliance Assistance Specialist (CAS). These staffers respond to requests for help from a variety of groups, including small businesses. CAS's put on seminars and workshops for small businesses and other groups. They promote OSHA's cooperative programs, OSHA's training resources, and the OSHA web site.
OSHA's Cooperative Programs
OSHA offers cooperative programs under which businesses, labor groups, and other organizations can work cooperatively with the Agency to help prevent fatalities, injuries, and illnesses in the workplace. For help on deciding which cooperative programs are right for you, see Find a Cooperative Program. If you are located in a State with an OSHA-approved State Plan, please contact your state agency for information about cooperative programs. All States with OSHA-approved programs have their own cooperative programs.
Diverse Workforce/Limited English Proficiency Coordinators
OSHA's Diverse Workforce/Limited English Proficiency (LEP) Coordinators assist a variety of groups, including small businesses, trade associations, union locals, and community and faith-based groups with outreach, education and training to Spanish-speaking and other diverse workers. The coordinators are available for seminars, workshops, and speaking events for diverse workers. They promote OSHA's cooperative programs and Spanish/other-than-English training materials and compliance assistance resources available on the OSHA Web site. There is one Diverse Workforce/LEP Coordinator in each of the ten OSHA Regions.
Training and Education
OSHA's Training Institute (OTI) and OSHA's Training Education Centers across the country provide basic and advanced courses in safety and health. OSHA's area offices offer information services, such as audiovisual aids, technical advice, and speakers for special engagements. In addition, the Training Centers have begun offering one-day or one-half-day seminars to increase opportunities for small business employers to attend safety/health training.
- Susan Harwood Training Grants Program. Training and educational programs for small businesses is a priority for the grants program. The program has funded Small Business Development Centers.
Electronic Tools and Resources
OSHA's A to Z Index. Lists safety and health topics and provides direct links to the content addressing those topics.
OSHA's Hazard Identification Training Tool. Interactive, online, game-based training tool for small business owners, workers and others interested in learning the core concepts of hazard identification. After using this tool, users will better understand the process to identify hazards in their own workplace.
eTools, eMatrix, Expert Advisors and v-Tools. "Stand-alone", interactive, Web-based training tools on occupational safety and health topics. They are highly illustrated and utilize graphical menus. Some also use expert system modules, which enable the user to answer questions, and receive reliable advice on how OSHA regulations apply to their work site.
OSHA Safety and Health Topics. Provides information on specific safety and health hazards, as well as specific hazard information on different industries.
Compliance Assistance Quick Start. Tool to introduce employers and employees, especially those at new or small businesses, to the compliance assistance resources on OSHA's website.
OSHA's $afety Pays Program. Interactive expert system to assist employers in estimating the costs of occupational injuries and illnesses and the impact on a company's profitability. This system uses a company's profit margin, the average costs of an injury or illness, and an indirect cost multiplier to project the amount of sales a company would need to generate in order to cover those costs.
Frequently Cited OSHA Standards. Allows the user to list the most frequently cited Federal or State OSHA standards for a specified 6-digit North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) code.