Safety and Health Training Initiatives Implemented
The Partnership for Illinois Small Businesses (Partnership) assists the Illinois Small Business Development Center Network (SBDCN) to provide regulatory compliance assistance to entrepreneurs and small businesses. During the past year, the Partnership has delivered over 30 training sessions to small employers in Illinois. In addition to the
OSHA "10-Hour" training course, training topics have included bloodborne pathogens, accident investigation, recordkeeping, and an overview of employer safety and health responsibilities.
The goals of the Partnership are to enhance the SBDCN's existing outreach and training activities; to improve awareness of OSHA regulations among small businesses; to increase small businesses? use of OSHA technical and training assistance and their participation in OSHA cooperative programs; and to improve the safety and health performance of small businesses.
The SBDCN, working in partnership with the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, the U.S. Small Business Administration, the U.S. Department of Defense, and colleges and universities, provides free counseling and management assistance to entrepreneurs and small business owners in 60 statewide locations in Illinois. The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity is the lead economic development agency for the State of Illinois and is home to both the SBDCN and the Illinois Onsite Safety and Health Consultation Program (Consultation Program). Since the SBDCN was founded in 1984, it has used this organizational structure to work informally with the Consultation Program on safety and health compliance issues for small businesses. With the establishment of the Partnership in 2002, the SBDCN sought to formalize its working relationship with OSHA and utilize the agency?s expertise to a greater degree.
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