Success Stories of the small businesses that have benefited from OSHA's On-site Consultation Program and SHARP.
Using a free consultation service largely funded by the OSHA, employers can find out about potential hazards at their worksites, improve their occupational injury and illness prevention 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.
An effective workplace injury and illness prevention program at your worksite(s) will enable you to:
An increased understanding of workplace hazards and remedies will put your managers in a better position to:
An exemplary workplace injury and illness prevention program is "good business sense" that also makes financial sense because it will allow you to:
If you are a small business employer, you may be eligible for another great benefit - recognition by the state and OSHA through participation in the Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP).
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