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Division of Safety and Health - DOSH

On-Site Consultation Program

The On-Site Consultation Program is a resource for safety and health issues that is free to businesses. The US Department of Labor and NYS Department of Labor fund this program. It helps employers provide a safe and healthful workplace for their employees through professional occupational safety and health assistance.

The cost associated with a workplace injury can be staggering.  There are both direct and indirect costs to the employer.  These costs include loss of productivity, loss of staff, training costs, and staff turnover.  Yet, employers can prevent this from happening.  Each year the On-Site Consultation Program staff help thousands of businesses across the state by providing cost-effective solutions to safety and health issues. 

Why should an employer consider using the On-Site Consultation Program? 

  • It is FREE and confidential to businesses and organizations in our state,
  • Independent from state and federal enforcement activities, and
  • It is helpful for both the employer and the employees 

There are additional benefits of the Consultation Program to the employer as well.  This program can help to: 

  • Reduce workplace accidents by identification of hazards,
  • Lessen Workers’ Compensation costs by reducing the number of claims,
  • Implement safety and health programs required by OSHA, and
  • Comply with OSHA regulations

The services offered include:

  • On-site consultation surveys to identify safety hazards,
  • Industrial hygiene surveys to determine air contaminant, noise exposure levels, and other health hazards, and
  • Suggestions for mitigation, controlling or eliminating these safety and health hazards. 

The Onsite Consultation Program's safety and industrial hygiene professionals who perform these consultations:

  • Have many years of experience
  • Are well trained in understanding identification and control of hazards, and  
  • Have attended advanced training at the US DOL OSHA Training Institute

Training Programs available for Businesses after completion of an initial hazard survey include: 

  • Accident Investigation
  • Hazard Communication
  • Recordkeeping Rule
  • Fall Protection 
  • Safety for Workers in the Hospitality and Tourism Industries
  • Confined Space Entry 
  • Many more 

In fact, we now offer more than 30 free courses to help educate employers and their workers. A current copy of our Training Course Catalogue as well as other On-Site Consultation reference material can be viewed on the On-Site Consultation Reference Material page. 

For details, contact onsite@labor.ny.gov   

 

Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP)

This program is open to employers who:

  • Employ less than 250 employees on-site
  • Employ less than 500 employees at all locations corporate-wide
  • Receive a comprehensive consultation from the On-Site Consultation Program
  • Correct all identified hazards
  • Institute an effective safety and health program

The SHARPS program qualifies employers for up to a three-year exemption from a general scheduled OSHA inspection. Employers who qualify can also take part in our SHARP developmental program. This makes employers eligible for an OSHA inspection deferral as they work towards becoming a New York State Department of Labor SHARP employer.  A current list of participating businesses may be viewed on the OSHA SHARP webpage

For details on SHARP, contact onsite@labor.ny.gov   

If you want to provide a safer workplace for your employees, call the Consultation Program office in your area and get started on a safer worksite today.

Office Locations:
Albany (518) 457-2810
Binghamton (607) 721-8211
Buffalo (716) 847-7166
Garden City (516) 228-3959
New York City (212) 775-3526
Rochester (716) 847-7166
Syracuse (315) 479-3205
Utica (315) 793-2319
White Plains (914) 997-9511


More Safety & Health Information

For details on how to comply with federal regulations, contact the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) web site at http://www.osha.gov/.

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