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OSHA’s 21d Consultation Program SHARP. TRFA 14 November 2005. Workplace Safety & Health Consultation Services. Free service delivered by state government (agency or university) with approximately 90% funding provided by OSHA

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workplace safety health consultation services
Workplace Safety & Health Consultation Services
  • Free service delivered by state government (agency or university) with approximately 90% funding provided by OSHA
  • Consultation services are confidential and independent of enforcement “side of the house”
  • Well trained and professional consultants
workplace safety health consultation
Workplace Safety & Health Consultation
  • Services usually provided onsite, though limited services offsite are available
  • No citations issued or penalties assessed
  • Employer commits to correct serious hazards
  • Consultation services include:
    • Evaluation of OSHA mandated safety programs
    • Assessment of workplace safety & health management system
    • Workplace hazard identification
    • Training and technical assistance
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Workplace Safety & Health Consultation
  • How does it work?
    • Employer requests services via telephone, letter, fax, or internet
    • Consultant and employer discuss scope of services to be provided and establish visit date based on priority of request
      • Congressionally mandated activities
      • Imminent Danger Situations
      • Small, High-Hazard Employers targeted in the Federal or State strategic plan, National & Local Emphasis Programs, or other “Targeted Industries.”
workplace safety health consultation2
Workplace Safety & Health Consultation
  • Small, High-Hazard Employers

a) High Incidents Rates

b) High-Hazard SIC Codes

c) Alternative High Hazard Listing

d) Secondary SIC

e) Process Hazardousness

f) Small, Non-High Hazard Employers

g) Larger Employers

(Small employer: 250 or fewer employees onsite; less than 500 nationwide)

workplace safety health consultation onsite visits
Workplace Safety & Health Consultation – Onsite Visits
  • Initial Visit
      • Opening Conference – review workplace safety policies/procedures/programs; injury/illness data
      • Hazard Survey – identify workplace hazards
      • Closing Conference – discuss hazards, recommend corrective actions, establish corrective action due dates
    • Training and Assistance Visits – provide formal or informal training, as well as technical assistance
    • Follow-up Visit – verify correction of hazards
workplace safety health consultation onsite visits1
Workplace Safety & Health Consultation – Onsite Visits
  • Initial Visits
    • Opening Conference- review workplace safety policies/procedures/programs; injury/illness data
    • Hazard Survey – identify workplace hazards
    • Closing Conference – discuss hazards, recommend corrective actions, establish corrective action due dates
  • Training and Assistance Visits – provide formal or informal training, as well as assistance in interpretation of OSHA Standards
  • Follow-up Visit –verify correction of hazards
safety and health achievement recognition program sharp
Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP)
  • Some worksites may qualify for exemption from programmed OSHA inspections if:
    • Effective Safety and Health Management System in place
    • Work related injury and illness incident rates below national industry average
    • Correction of all hazards
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SHARP
  • Administered by Consultation Projects
  • Recognizes employers with exemplary safety and health management systems
  • Recognized employers receive “SHARP Certificate”, flag, and, initially, a one year exemption from OSHA programmed inspections, renewable for up to two years.
benefits of consultation
Benefits of Consultation
  • Make safety and health activities routine considerations rather than crisis-oriented responses
  • Knowledge of workplace hazards and ways to eliminate them can improve your operations and the management of your firm
  • Reduce losses & costs
  • Increase profitability of operations
consultation will
Consultation Will:
  • Help you recognize hazards in your workplace
  • Suggest general approaches or options for solving a safety or health problem
  • Identify kinds of help available if you need further assistance
  • Provide you a written report summarizing findings
  • Assist you to develop or maintain an effective safety and health program
  • Provide training and education for you and your employees
  • Recommend you for a one-year exclusion from OSHA programmed inspections, once program criteria are met.
consultation will not
Consultation Will Not:
  • Issue citations or propose penalties for violations of OSHA standards.
  • Report possible violations to OSHA enforcement staff.
  • Guarantee that your workplace will "pass" an OSHA inspection.
canadian centre for occupational safety and health ccohs
Canadian Centre for Occupational Safety and Health (CCOHS)
  • Established in 1978, CCOHS is a federal departmental corporation which reports to the Canadian Parliament through the federal Minister of Labour.
  • Governed by a Council representing three key stakeholder groups: government (federal, provincial and territorial), employers, and workers
  • Mission: To promote health and safety in the workplace in Canada to:
    • Facilitate Consultation and cooperation among federal, provincial and territorial jurisdictions
    • Participation by labour and management
    • Assist in the development and maintenance of policies and programs
    • Serve as a national centre for information relating to occupational health and safety
canada s national occupational health and safety website canosh
Canada’s National Occupational Health and Safety Website (CANOSH)
  • Site created and maintained by CCOHS
  • Designed to provide Canadian employers and employees with a convenient and efficient way to access the health and safety information provided by the federal, provincial, and territorial government agencies responsible for OSH, Worker’s Compensation Boards and the CCOHS