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Evaluation of OSHA's On Site Consultation Program

Overview

The purpose of this project is to test the impact of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's Onsite Consultation program on future injury/illness rates and compliance. OSHA's On-site Consultation Program offers free and confidential advice to small and medium-sized businesses in all states across the country, with priority given to high-hazard worksites. In FY 2010, responding to requests from small employers looking to create or improve their safety and health management systems, OSHA's On-site Consultation Program conducted over 30,000 visits to small business worksites covering over 1.5 million workers across the nation. On-site Consultation services are separate from enforcement and do not result in penalties or citations. Consultants from state agencies or universities work with employers to identify workplace hazards, provide advice on compliance with OSHA standards, and assist in establishing safety and health management systems.

Goals

The goals of this evaluation are to discover:

  1. What is the effect of the On-site consultation process on injury/illness rates for establishments in high hazard industries?
  2. Is the On-site consultation process more effective for establishments in specific industries?
  3. Is the On-site consultation process more effective addressing particular types of OSHA violations?

Additional research questions include: 1) Is the On-site consultation process more effective in hazard abatement for firms with an identified hazard? 2) To what extent do establishments maintain a hazard-free workplace between the initial consultation and the follow-up? (3) Are there recommendations for changes in On-site consultation processes that would positively impact employer injury/illness rates?

Key Information

The period of performance of this evaluation is 48 months ending September 2015. The overall budget for the evaluation is $2,065,371. The evaluation contractor is Abt Associates. For more information on this evaluation please contact Jonathan Simonetta at simonetta.jon.a@dol.gov.