Last year, 27,385 small and mid-sized U.S. businesses took advantage of OSHA's free and confidential On-site Consultation Program to remove workplace hazards and better protect their workers.
The program primarily benefits small and midsize businesses; 57% of those helped last year had fewer than 26 employees.
In 2016, consultants identified and helped employers eliminate more than 140,000 total hazards, protecting an estimated 3.3 million workers from possible injury, illness, or death.
Consultation, Not Enforcement
The program recognizes that while most employers want to keep their workers safe and healthy on the job, smaller businesses often lack the resource of an on-site safety professional to find and fix hazards.
Priority is given to high-hazard industries, with more than half of all visits going to construction or manufacturing sites.
Consultants from state agencies or universities work with employers to identify workplace hazards, provide advice on compliance with OSHA standards, and assist in establishing injury and illness prevention programs.
On-site consultation services are separate from enforcement and do not result in penalties or citations.