Steps to Making a Request for Consultative
Make a Request
The request for a free safety and health consultation is now online. You may submit it electronically to our office or mail or fax the form to us. If you have any questions, please telephone us to discuss what service would be most useful to your business.
Under the agreement with Consultative Services, the employer promises to correct within a reasonable time all hazards identified by the bureau. This commitment is made in advance. The employer also must agree to post the list of hazards that accompanies the bureau’s report. If an employer refuses to correct or verify correction of a serious hazard, the bureau chief may refer the matter to an NCDOL compliance inspector, a rare occurrence in this program.
The consultant will call to arrange a convenient date and time to conduct the on-site assessment. The visit includes an opening conference with top management, followed by a walk-through assessment of the facility to identify safety and health hazards and evaluate work practices. The consultant will need to confer with a reasonable number of employees and, in unionized workplaces, an employee representative must be afforded an opportunity to participate in the walk-around and the opening and closing conferences. Employee and employer training can be conducted or arranged for later if necessary. Written programs are reviewed, and a safety and health assessment is conducted or arranged for later if necessary. Written programs are reviewed, and a safety and health assessment is conducted. The consultant may provide some sample programs that can be useful. The visit concludes with a closing conference to discuss findings and recommendations. If hazards are identified, the employer and the consultant set and agree on a date for correction.
Health surveys concentrate on issues such as exposure to air contaminants, ventilation, noise measurements and controls, hazardous chemicals, ergonomics, respirators, bloodborne pathogens, and hazard communication.
Safety surveys address issues such as working/working surfaces, machine guarding, electrical hazards, fire protection, means of egress, mechanical equipment, protective equipment, power tools, housekeeping and sanitation. All surveys will include assistance and information to develop a successful safety and health management system.
Evaluation and Report
After the visit, all information is evaluated and research is conducted. This may include laboratory analysis if air samples were taken. A report detailing findings, recommendations, agreements and ways to improve your safety and health management program is prepared and forwarded to you. The consultant is available to assist you if necessary.
Correction of Hazards
The report will itemize and discuss any hazards found during the visit. Our program requires the employer to correct all hazards identified and provide the consultant with written confirmation of hazard correction on or before the agreed upon correction due date. If an employer is unable to correct a hazard by the date specified, an extension must be requested.
In some instances, a return visit may be necessary. For example, the consultant may need to take more air quality samples or verity that hazards have been properly corrected.