OSHA's Region IV Office established the Ambassador Program in October 2005 to reach out to small employers with little or no previous contact with OSHA and that generally do not have a good understanding of their responsibilities under the Occupational Safety and Health Act.
To implement the program, the Region IV Compliance Assistance Specialists (CASs) conduct outreach in one or two small towns in their jurisdiction per month. The CASs will often begin their outreach by visiting small industrial parks and major employers in a town. The CASs generally do not contact employers before an initial visit. During these visits, the CASs take 10 to 15 minutes to provide an overview of OSHA's services and resources, distribute outreach materials, and answer safety and health questions.
The CASs may also contact the mayor's office and the local Kiwanis Club, Lions Club, Jaycees, and Chamber of Commerce to promote OSHA's compliance assistance resources and identify additional small businesses for future outreach efforts. Since the start of the Ambassador Program, the Region IV CASs have reached over 500 employers and have received requests to provide additional workplace safety and health information to groups of local employers.
The following are examples of successful outreach efforts conducted by Region IV CASs under the Ambassador Program:
For more information, please contact Tom Bosley, OSHA's Region IV CAS Coordinator.
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