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The OSHA 21(d) Consultation Program provides a free, confidential, on-site consultation service for small companies (fewer than 250 and not more than 500 employees corporate wide) in Georgia that need assistance in occupational safety and health. Employers have the option to choose several different types of assistance. Take a close look at our SHARP program.

Limited assistance is offered to help companies comply with OSHA’s rules and regulations for specific processes or areas of concern. The Georgia Tech consultation program will identify physical hazards (such as machine guarding or chemical exposures) and evaluate technical programs (such as lockout/tagout or hazard communication) within the scope requested by the company. If the company already knows the hazards, Georgia Tech can provide technical assistance on how to correct them and develop the necessary programs.

Limited service assistance can be provided in:

  • Safety, which includes fire protection, emergency response, electrical safety, machine guarding and other areas;
  • Health, which includes exposure to chemicals, noise, or bloodborne pathogens, and other areas;
  • Safety and health management system, which includes management leadership, employee involvement, hazard identification and control, and safety and health training; or
  • Ergonomics assistance to reduce exposure to musculoskeletal disorders.

Full-service assistance is for companies that want help in meeting OSHA’s requirements for the entire facility. The Georgia Tech consultation program will: 1) identify physical hazards throughout the facility; 2) evaluate all technical programs; and 3) review the safety and health program management. Recommendations will be made on how to correct physical hazards and improve both the technical programs and the safety and health management system.

For all types of assistance, the Georgia Tech consultant must use the same identification and classification procedures as an OSHA compliance officer would. The employer must agree beforehand to correct all hazards identified by the consultant and provide written verification of the actions taken to correct serious hazards within a reasonable time frame, usually four to six weeks.

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For participants in this program, Georgia Tech typically provides the following services:

  • Walk-Through Surveys to assist businesses in achieving “in-compliance” status with federal regulations and standards.
  • Surveys of Work Practices to pinpoint causes of injuries or illness.
  • Noise Measurements to evaluate noise exposure and assist with hearing conservation programs.
  • Air Sampling and Analysis to measure contaminants such as dusts, fumes, gases, and vapors.
  • Evaluations of Technical Programs such as Lockout/Tagout, Confined Space Entry, Hazard Communication, Respiratory Protection, and others.
  • Safety and Health Management Systems development assistance.

The consultation program offers free seminars, tech guides, and other information to assist companies in reducing their workplace injuries and illnesses.