Recognizing and correcting health hazards in the most dangerous occupations in Utah and other Rocky Mountain region states is just one employer benefit derived from independent consultants recognized by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
The Occupational Safety and Health Act provides for confidential consultant service primarily targeted for smaller businesses with especially hazardous occupations, according to Bart Chadwick, regional OSHA administrator, which includes Utah, Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, North Dakota and South Dakota.The most dangerous industries in the six states are construction, metal work, fabricated rubber products, plastic materials and resins, auto repair, reupholstering and furniture repair, circuit board and electrical products, commercial printing and logging.
In each of the states, consultants not only help employers identify and correct specific hazards, they also provide guidance in establishing or improving an effective safety and health program and offer training and education for the employer and workers, Chadwick said.
In Utah, the OSHA program is administered by the State Industrial Commission's OSHA Division, and people can call Neal Anderson at 530-6855 about the consultation services.
Comprehensive consultation services include an appraisal of all mechanical and environmental hazards and physical work practices; an appraisal of the present job safety and health program or the establishment of one; a conference with management on findings; a written report of the recommendations and agreements; training and assistance with implementing recommendations; and follow-up to ensure that any required corrections are made.
OSHA requires action on serious hazards, but the consultants will work with employers to correct problems and only in rare cases is a situation referred from consultation to an OSHA enforcement office, Chadwick said.