Employers that want help in recognizing and correcting safety and health hazards and in improving their safety and health programs may obtain it from a free consultation service largely funded by OSHA. In recognition of its efforts to correct problems discovered during the consultation, a company may be excluded from scheduled OSHA enforcement inspections for 1 year.
The consultation service is primarily targeted for smaller businesses in higher hazard industries or with especially hazardous operations. No citations are issued or penalties proposed during the consultation, and the service is confidential. The employer must make a commitment to correct imminent dangers and other serious job safety and health hazards in a timely manner.