OSHA’s On-site Consultation Projects Support OSHA Strategic Initiatives
OSHA’s 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. The Program’s primary goals are to identify workplace hazards, provide advice on compliance with OSHA standards and assist in establishing injury and illness prevention programs. In addition to conducting onsite visits, On-site Consultation Projects will frequently conduct outreach in support of OSHA’s strategic initiatives to target high-hazard employers. On-site Consultation Projects may conduct this outreach independently or in cooperation with local OSHA Area Offices.
In Massachusetts, the Andover Area Office and the Massachusetts On-site Consultation Project teamed up in order to remove employers from fall hazards and to reduce fatalities. The Offices worked cooperatively by developing and implementing a blitz campaign and outreach seminars during the spring of 2012 in order to meet these goals.
Six compliance officers and six consultants worked cooperatively to advertise the upcoming seminars and personally reached out to over 30 locations spread over three counties in Massachusetts. Approximately 5,000 flyers were printed and in addition to being distributed to these and other locations were also sent to about 300 different roofing contractors in Massachusetts.
As a result of these outreach efforts, five different seminars were conducted with several main goals: educating audience members about OSHA’s enforcement of fall-related issues, updating participants in OSHA’s Residential Fall Protection standard, demonstrating to participants various fall protection devices and techniques, and allowing participants to ask specific questions. A total of 337 individuals participated in these seminars and were extremely pleased with the information they received. Given the apparent success of their efforts, the Andover Area Office and the Massachusetts On-site Consultation Project plan for similar seminars and outreach on an annual basis, in order to further communicate the Fall Protection Standards. Ultimately, these efforts will reduce workplace hazards and prevent fatalities.