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Services for OSHA

August 10, 2011

OSHA provides a service to companies which could prevent them from having any incidents on their report.  If a company wants to make sure they are proving a safe and healthy work environment OSHA offers a free consulting service.  This is a huge benefit which allows actions to be corrected before they become serious.

This consultation would go much like a regular visit would with an opening conference, the walk through followed by the closing conference.  This free service should be taken as a real visit.  By this I mean if any issues were brought to light they need to be corrected in a timely manner.  The possible violations will not be reported unless there is imminent danger, or the employer refuses to correct a problem.  When the walk through is completed there will be a written report of recommendations and agreements.  To make sure the company stays safe there will be a follow-up visit to insure everything that was address is properly handled.

This free service provides an appraisal of mechanical, physical, work practice, and environmental hazards of the workplace.  They also review the present job safety and health programs.  In many cases they will provide training and assistance with implementing corrective procedures.  Overall, this is a huge benefit which should be used if there is ever a concern for the well-being of the employees.

If this does not sound appealing enough there are other programs that offer a service as well.  There are private consultations available as well as consultations on the ergonomics of the working areas.   There are professional organizations as well.  These would include the American Industrial Hygiene Association and the American Society for Safety Engineers.  In many cities hospitals now offer resources to help with the ergonomics of the workplace.

Overall, there are many options available out there to keep a company out of the water.  Please feel free to leave comments.

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