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FAQ

Common questions our clients frequently ask. If you have a specific question not listed, please contact us.

How does your consulting service work?

Once our initial surveys are completed and determinations are made as to your company’s exact needs, we will enter into a 1-year contract. The terms and services will be outlined in the contract. The service will be tailored specifically to your requirements. The services will then be scheduled with your management on a weekly basis. With the exception of the training program development, all services will be performed on an hourly basis.

My insurance company does that for me, why should I pay you also?

Yes, many insurance companies employ competent safety professionals. However, most of the companies do not actually conduct the training. The surveys done by your insurance company are reports that list all of your company’s discrepancies and recommendations. Most of the time you are left on your own to implement their recommendations. If you do not or cannot, you may be faced with future increases in premiums, loss of whatever discounts you may be receiving or termination of your coverage.

I already have a consultant/service, what will you do differently?

Wonderful, then you may not need our service. There are many skilled and qualified consultants available to you; I feel that we are among that group. However, we are different from many of them because we carry our own Errors and Omissions coverage and our own Workers Compensation Insurance. If your present service makes all of this available to you, for such an affordable price, we encourage you to stay with them; if not, you may want to consider what we can do for you.

OSHA (MOSH) is not a problem because we have never been inspected.

We understand and in most cases that is true. We do, however, anticipate OSHA (MOSH) to become even more aggressive with its inspections and fines in the future.

We do not have enough employees to be under the OSHA system.

We have heard that stated often and the truth is the ONLY regulations that you are exempted from is OSHA 300 reporting and that is ONLY if you have fewer then 11 employees for the entire year and some minor written programs. Otherwise, unless you are involved in one of the situations listed below, you are covered by the entire OSHA standard.:

Self-employed (One Person Only)
Farms with ONLY family members
Work Places covered by other agencies

We have designated a current employee to handle safety – in addition to their regular duties – and probably cannot afford your services.

That’s great. We don’t propose to take his/her place. Instead, we would like to help you and that person work together better. Do you honestly expect this “part time safety officer” to be able to keep your company safe from costly injuries and accidents, or from OSHA fines and at the same time provide the employees information on how to do their jobs safely, while still doing their “regular” job? There are thousands of regulations to which you may be subject and a part-time effort may not be enough. This process is one of the greatest challenges for companies that have full time safety officers as well as insurance companies and consultant firms. In addition to the quantity of existing and new regulations, there are other issues such as site safety audits, accident/incident investigation, hazard recognition and analysis and training. We have qualified people to assist in administering these different aspects of your program.

This sounds very expensive.

Yes, I am sure it seems that way, if the only component considered is the on site safety meeting. However, the program is tailored to your needs and besides the on-site training, you receive all of the written programs that OSHA requires, as well as the updates as they come into effect. It also includes accident investigation, new employee orientation and supervisor orientation, weekly toolbox safety meetings at your locations and other support you may need.

All of my employees are family members.

If an individual draws a salary, whether they are family or not, they are subject to the OSHA Standards; the only exception may be the owner.

All of my workers are leased/temp.

If an inspection of your facility uncovers a safety or health violation and you are using leased/temp employees, then both you and the lease/temp company can be fined. Simply using temps does not relieve the site employer from providing a safe work place where the employees are working under OSHA qualified conditions.

I don’t have enough employees for OSHA to bother with us.

OSHA (MOSH) does not restrict their inspections to companies with a specific number of employees. In fact, there are hundreds of citations worth thousands of dollars written to companies with as few as three employees. These inspections were both construction sites and general industry locations.

We haven’t had any injuries.

That must make you feel very good. We certainly hope you can continue with that wonderful record. The issue here is that serious injuries are not pre-planned, so this wonderful record can be changed in a split second.

What is a formal – documented safety program?

A safety program really is supposed to provide you with two components. One is a factual information resource and the other is a program to protect you from liability (negligence) suits. Even with workers’ compensation insurance, you are not exempt from suits. Until you have been on the stand and had to defend your program in court, under oath, it is hard to comprehend how important it is to have a formal, documented program. As you sit there considering this information, imagine how you would testify as to the diligence, or lack of it, of your safety activities. If you “DON’T HAVE TIME FOR THIS STUFF”, just consider how that attitude would play in court!!

We don’t need a “formal, documented” safety program. We have some safety rules – we hold safety meetings.

A fully documented safety program can help you keep control of your company assets and provide the employees with qualified information. Simply conducting some safety meetings does not qualify as OSHA qualified training. A compliance officer will ask your employees questions and based on the answers the employees give, the officer will determine whether or not you have an effective training program.