OSHA Offers Free On-Site Consultation Program, Training Opportunities

The Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) On-Site Consultation Program offers free, confidential safety and occupational health advice to small and medium-sized businesses across the country.

The program can also provide small business owners and workers with free safety training.

In 2016, 27,385 businesses took advantage of the program. The consultation can help facility executives remove workplace hazards and better protect their workers. 

For instance, according to OSHA, more than 145,000 people work in more than 7,000 warehouses, where the fatal injury rate is higher than the national average for all industries.

Potential hazards for workers in warehousing include:
• Unsafe use of forklifts
• Improper stacking of products
• Failure to use proper personal protective equipment
• Failure to follow proper lockout/tagout procedures
• Inadequate fire safety provisions
• Repetitive motion injuries.

Businesses that benefited most from the program are small and mid-sized companies – 57 percent of those helped last year had fewer than 26 employees. According to OSHA, priority is given to high-hazard industries.

For more information on this program click here, or contact your state consultation office.

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