The Massachusetts Department of Labor Standards offers free OSHA Consultation services designed to recognize and control potential safety and health hazards at your worksites. This consultation service is made available at no cost to employers to assist them in establishing effective occupational safety and health programs. The overall goal is to prevent the occurrence of injuries and illnesses which may result from exposure to hazardous workplace conditions and from hazardous work practices. The principal assistance will be provided at the employer's worksite, but offsite assistance may also be provided.
The OSHA Consultation Program is primarily targeted for small high hazard industries in the private sector. The OSHA Consultation Program is a confidential service in which your firm's name, and any other information you provide and any unsafe or unhealthy working conditions found, will not be reported routinely to the OSHA inspection staff. If you fail to eliminate or control identified "serious" or "imminent danger" hazards it may result in a referral from consultation to an OSHA enforcement office. However, OSHA referrals from consultation are very rare. The OSHA Consultation Program consists of highly trained safety and health professionals. The OSHA Consultants will:
- Conduct a walk through survey of your plant to help you recognize hazards in your workplace. Areas of consultation may include machine guarding, chemical exposure, electrical safety, flammable storage, fall protection and more.
- Suggest control measures and options for solving a safety or health problem.
- Assist you in writing and implementing OSHA-required written programs such as Hazard Communication, Bloodborne Pathogens, Permit-Required Confined Spaces, Lockout/Tagout, Respirator and more .
- Help you establish or strengthen a safety and health program.
- Provide a detailed written report summarizing all findings.
- Provide training and education for you and your employees.
- Monitoring-health consultants can perform air testing, noise testing and ventilation measurements.
- Discuss applicable OSHA standards and procedures to implement them.