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1 The PA OSHA Consultation Program PA OSHA Consultation

2 Federal Mandate Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 Enforcement Enforcement Consultation Consultation Consultation requirement codified in 29 CFR 1908 Consultation requirement codified in 29 CFR 1908 Each State and US Territory must provide safety and health consultation services Each State and US Territory must provide safety and health consultation services Funded by Federal OSHA at 90% and by IUP at 10% Funded by Federal OSHA at 90% and by IUP at 10% 1 of 50 OSHA Consultation Programs nationally 1 of 50 OSHA Consultation Programs nationally 1 of 8 university based programs… 2 nd largest in U.S. 1 of 8 university based programs… 2 nd largest in U.S.

3 Primary Objectives To assist PA employers with: To assist PA employers with: complying with the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 complying with the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 saving workers lives and their livelihoods saving workers lives and their livelihoods preventing needless occupational injuries, illnesses and disabilities preventing needless occupational injuries, illnesses and disabilities minimizing property damage and costs minimizing property damage and costs avoiding OSHA penalties, fines and criminal prosecutions avoiding OSHA penalties, fines and criminal prosecutions reducing workers compensation costs and third party liability exposures reducing workers compensation costs and third party liability exposures attaining and sustaining economic viability attaining and sustaining economic viability

4 History Since 1983 at IUP Since 1983 at IUP Touted as an exemplary Consultation Program by OSHA Touted as an exemplary Consultation Program by OSHA Serves as a model for other state programs Serves as a model for other state programs Rated as outstanding by employers consistently Rated as outstanding by employers consistently Closely affiliated with the IUP world-class and internationally known Safety Sciences program Closely affiliated with the IUP world-class and internationally known Safety Sciences program

5 Staffing 15 FTEs 15 FTEs 1 Program Director, 1 Program Director, 12 Safety and Health Consultants 12 Safety and Health Consultants 2 Administrative Staff 2 Administrative Staff 4 vacant consultant positions 4 vacant consultant positions Consultants strategically located throughout PA Consultants strategically located throughout PA Highly experienced… years each Highly experienced… years each Board certified professionals Board certified professionals

6 Designed for Smaller Businesses Designed specifically for small-and medium-size businesses Designed specifically for small-and medium-size businesses 250 employees at a single site or 500 corporate wide 250 employees at a single site or 500 corporate wide Priority assistance given to: Priority assistance given to: employers in high-hazard industries employers in high-hazard industries involved in hazardous operations involved in hazardous operations Large business requests honored as well…but limited scope Large business requests honored as well…but limited scope

7 Services Performed Onsite Onsite Physical hazard evaluations Physical hazard evaluations Occupational health exposure monitoring Occupational health exposure monitoring Regulatory required program assessment and development assistance Regulatory required program assessment and development assistance Regulatory required training Regulatory required training Post OSHA inspection compliance assistance Post OSHA inspection compliance assistance Safety and health management program development assistance… leading to OSHA inspection deferral Safety and health management program development assistance… leading to OSHA inspection deferral Offsite Offsite Daily telephone, assistance Daily telephone, assistance Interventions, presentations and seminars Interventions, presentations and seminars

8 Process Overview Requests received and assigned to consultants Requests received and assigned to consultants Onsite visit Onsite visit 1. Opening conference Review of regulatory program, training and recordkeeping requirements Review of regulatory program, training and recordkeeping requirements 2. Walkthrough of facility Physical hazards evaluation Physical hazards evaluation 3. Closing conference Report generated with specific hazards, correction recommendations and completion timelines Report generated with specific hazards, correction recommendations and completion timelines Potential follow-up visits Potential follow-up visits correction verification correction verification training training

9 No Citations, No Penalties Different than OSHA enforcement Different than OSHA enforcement Citations for violations… are not issued Citations for violations… are not issued Penalties for violations… are not imposed Penalties for violations… are not imposed The catch The catch Employer must agree to correct any serious or imminent danger hazards identified Employer must agree to correct any serious or imminent danger hazards identified Will refer to OSHA Enforcement if employer refuses to correct hazards…very rare Will refer to OSHA Enforcement if employer refuses to correct hazards…very rare

10 Confidential Must maintain total employer confidentiality Must maintain total employer confidentiality Cannot divulge any info. to OSHA Enforcement Cannot divulge any info. to OSHA Enforcement Cannot divulge any info. to lawyers pursuing liability cases Cannot divulge any info. to lawyers pursuing liability cases Protected from subpoena's Protected from subpoena's Request for Consultation Services will not trigger an OSHA inspection Request for Consultation Services will not trigger an OSHA inspection

11 Impact on PA Employers Consultants visited over 25,000 PA worksites Consultants visited over 25,000 PA worksites Helped employers correct over 115,000 serious and other than serious hazards Helped employers correct over 115,000 serious and other than serious hazards Saved employers over $805M from potential OSHA fines Saved employers over $805M from potential OSHA fines Assisted employers prevent countless worker injuries / illnesses and deaths Assisted employers prevent countless worker injuries / illnesses and deaths

12 Costs and Savings Free of charge to eligible employers Free of charge to eligible employers Avoided OSHA penalty and litigation costs Avoided OSHA penalty and litigation costs Reduced workers compensation costs Reduced workers compensation costs Minimized equipment damage and product losses Minimized equipment damage and product losses Additional cost savings …retained Safety and Health Consultants can cost employers $250/hr Additional cost savings …retained Safety and Health Consultants can cost employers $250/hr One consultant identifies an average of 4.5 serious hazards and SAVES the employer approximately $31,500 in OSHA fines** per visit

13 Other Business Benefits Lowered Injury and Illness rates Lowered Injury and Illness rates Reduced Workers Compensation - Experience Modification rates Reduced Workers Compensation - Experience Modification rates Enhanced worker morale Enhanced worker morale Increased productivity Increased productivity Better product or service quality Better product or service quality Improved competitive position Improved competitive position Business sustainability Business sustainability

14 SHARP The Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP) The Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP) must have an exemplary safety and health management system. must have an exemplary safety and health management system. must have OSHA rates better than their industry average must have OSHA rates better than their industry average exempt form OSHA programmed inspections… for up to 2 years exempt form OSHA programmed inspections… for up to 2 years

15 Pre SHARP - Inspection Deferral Cant meet all the SHARP eligibility criteria Cant meet all the SHARP eligibility criteria Are committed to working toward full SHARP approval Are committed to working toward full SHARP approval Can meet all SHARP requirements during the deferral period Can meet all SHARP requirements during the deferral period May be recommended for an inspection deferral… up to 18 months May be recommended for an inspection deferral… up to 18 months

16 Conclusion OSHA Consultation is a great service for PA employers OSHA Consultation is a great service for PA employers We often hear this is OSHAs best kept secret We often hear this is OSHAs best kept secret Significant backlog of requests, approximately 700…nearly 1 year for entire staff Significant backlog of requests, approximately 700…nearly 1 year for entire staff Repeat business… tells the story Repeat business… tells the story

17 Requesting Assistance Phone Phone Website Website Priority of requests determined by: Priority of requests determined by: the nature of the worksite problem, the nature of the worksite problem, the worksite size and industry category, and the worksite size and industry category, and the type of consultation service desired the type of consultation service desired

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