Success stories from OSHA's On-site Consultation Program and Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP) recognize small business employers who operate exemplary injury and illness prevention programs. On-site Consultation and SHARP are voluntary programs. To submit a request for a comprehensive consultation, see OSHA's Consultation Directory.
Authorized representatives from SHARP companies who would like to share their story of workplace safety and health may do so by completing the success story template and working with their On-site Consultant. Success Stories can be featured here or OSHA QuickTakes.
The program has been around for decades, but only in recent years has it been run by Keene State College. The switch occurred in 2011, when the Legislature cut state funding, leading the state Department of Environmental Services to hand off the program to another organization. Although the program is 90 percent federally funded, the organization that runs it covers 10 percent.
In 2011, the company contacted the Illinois Department of Labor (IDOL), On-site Consultation Program, with the goal of improving their safety programs and using IDOL's safety and health experts to evaluate its policies and procedures without fear of repercussions.
Generally speaking, workplaces that establish an effective safety and health management system can reduce their workplace injury and illness costs by 20 to 40 percent. In the business arena today, these savings can mean the difference between operating in the black and running in the red.
In October 2014, OSHA’s Directorate of Cooperative and State Programs (DCSP) reached out to the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to set up a meeting to discuss how OSHA’s On-site Consultation Program could collaborate with NIST’s Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) members to protect workers.
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