Learn more about on-site consultations
The Department of Labor Standards (DLS) offers a free consultation service designed to help employers recognize and control potential safety and health hazards at their worksites and improve their safety and health programs.
This service is jointly funded by the DLS and the U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). It is primarily for smaller businesses (less than 250 employees per establishment or 500 employees nationwide) in high-hazard industries; such as manufacturing, healthcare, and construction.
It is free to employers
This consultation service is available at no cost to employers. It seeks to establish effective occupational safety and health programs. The OSHA Consultation Program consists of trained safety and health professionals. If you fail to control identified hazards, it may result in a referral from consultation to an OSHA enforcement office. But, OSHA referrals from consultation are very rare.
The OSHA Consultation Program is a confidential service. We don't disclose the name of your business or any hazards that might be identified to the OSHA inspection staff. Consultants will provide help at the employer's worksite. Offsite help may also be available.
What to expect during a consultation
The OSHA consultants will:
- Walk through and survey of your plant to help you recognize hazards in your workplace.
- Suggest control measures and options for solving a safety or health problem.
- Assist you in writing and implementing OSHA-required written programs.
- 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.
- Perform air testing, noise testing, and ventilation measurements.
- Discuss applicable OSHA standards and procedures to install them.