Consultation service begins with your request, by:
A confirmation will be sent to the e-mail on file verifying the
request has been processed and identifying the consultant(s) assigned.
The assigned consultant(s) will confer with you at the outset
regarding the specific needs or concerns you describe. The consultant may also
research any special problems you mention in the initial contact before
scheduling a visit to your establishment.
Although you may include within the scope of the request all
work conditions at the work site and your entire safety and health program, you
do have the option to limit the visit to one or more specific problems.
However, if the consultant observes hazards that are outside the scope of the
request, you must be notified of their presence.
Upon arrival at your work site for a scheduled visit, the
consultant will briefly review his/her role during the visit and, if requested,
review with you your safety and health program. The consultant will explain the
During the activity, the consultant will:
Following the walk-through survey, the consultant will meet with
the employer and the participating employees in a closing conference. Separate
closing conferences with the management and employee representative may be
held. During the closing conference the employer and consultant will discuss:
In rare instances, the consultant may find an “imminent
danger” situation during the walk-through. In such situations, an employer
must take immediate action to protect all affected workers.
Employers must then advise affected employees of the hazards and
to notify them when the hazards are corrected. Union representatives must be
provided with a copy of the hazards found.
After the closing conference, the consultant will send you a
written report explaining:
In addition to correcting the “serious” hazards, the employer
If a union representative participates in the consultative visit
with the consultant, a copy of the list of hazards must be made available to
Ultimately, you must correct “serious” hazards so that
each consultation visit achieves its objective—effective worker protection. If
an employer fails or refuses to eliminate or control an identified
"serious" hazard (or any "imminent danger") according to
the plan and any extensions granted subsequently, that situation may be
referred from consultation to the appropriate OSHA enforcement office for
review and action. This is a rare occurrence.