The Occupational Safety and Health Consultation (OSHCON) program is a free service available to private employers through the Texas Department of Insurance/Division of Workers' Compensation. The program is designed to help businesses in high hazard industries to identify potential hazards and improve their safety and health management systems. It is separate from OSHA compliance activities, it is confidential, and no penalties are assessed or violations cited in connection with the consultation. The employer must make a commitment to correct imminent dangers and other serious job safety and health hazards in a timely manner.
Studies have shown that Texas employers experience fewer reported injuries and illnesses following their participation in the OSHCON program. There are 18 area consultation offices throughout the state. The OSHCON program can be especially helpful to small employers that have limited staff or resources to allocate toward the development and implementation of safety and health programs.