Iowa’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Consultation Program offers no-cost and confidential services to small- and medium-sized businesses in Iowa, with priority given to high-hazard worksites. Consultation services are separate from enforcement and do not result in penalties or citations. Consultants work with employers to identify workplace hazards, provide advice for compliance with OSHA standards, and assist in establishing and improving safety and health programs.
Request Consultation Services
To request the On-Site Consultation services, the employer (or top management official) will need to sign an agreement with Iowa OSHA through our request form. On-Site Consultation services include identifying hazards; review written safety and health programs; training; review OSHA 300 logs for injury and illness trends; monitor exposure to fumes, dusts, or noise; and, evaluate engineering controls in all types of industries including both private and public workplaces.
Using a no-cost consultation service largely funded by the Federal OSHA program, employers can find out about potential hazards at their worksites, improve their safety and health programs, and even qualify for a one-year exemption from routine OSHA inspections.
The service is delivered by state of Iowa’s well-trained professional staff. Most consultations take place on-site, though limited services away from the worksite are available.
Primarily targeted for smaller businesses, this safety and health consultation program is completely separate from the OSHA inspection effort. In addition, no citations are issued or penalties proposed.
It’s confidential, too. Your name, your firm’s name, and any information you provide about your workplace, plus any unsafe or unhealthful working conditions that the consultant uncovers, will not be reported to the OSHA enforcement staff.
Your only obligation will be to correct serious job safety and health hazards — a commitment which you are expected to make prior to the actual visit and carry out in a timely manner.
An effective workplace safety and health programs at your worksite(s) will enable you to:
- Recognize and remove hazards from your workplace.
- Protect your workers from injury and illness.
- Prevent loss of life at your worksite.
- Cultivate informed alert employees who take responsibility for their safety and for worksite safety as a whole.
- Improve employee morale.
An increased understanding of workplace hazards and remedies will put your managers in a better position to:
- Comply with federal and state safety and health requirements.
- Become more effective at their jobs. Management experts believe that a company with a well-managed safety and health programs results in an overall better management outcomes.
- Increase productivity rates and improved product quality.
An exemplary workplace safety and health programs is “good business sense” that also makes financial sense because it will allow you to:
- Learn first-hand that the cost of accident prevention is far lower than the cost of accidents.
- Improve the bottom line by:
- Lowering injury and illness rates
- Decreasing workers’ compensation costs
- Reducing lost workdays
- Limiting equipment damage and product losses
If you are a small business employer, you may be eligible for another great benefit - recognition by the state and OSHA through participation in the Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP).
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6200 Park Ave., Suite 100
Des Moines IA, 50309-1836