OSHCON is the acronym for The National Association of Occupational Safety and Health Consultation Programs.The association was formed in 1985. Its organizational mission is to “provide a united voice to address issues and challenges that face OSHA consultation programs nationwide.”
The goals and objectives of OSHCON are:
- To enhance the ability of State safety and health consultant to provide quality services to employers.
- To foster cooperation and consistency among State consultation programs.
- To assure that the unique needs of small businesses are considered in all legislation and regulations that address worker safety and health.
- To provide a forum for the exchange of information concerning occupational safety and health consultation.
OSHA’s premier cooperative program is a free and confidential consultation service largely funded (90/10) by Federal OSHA. OSHA’s on-site consultation program is delivered by state governments using highly qualified occupational safety and health professionals to help employers: a) detect potential hazards at their worksite and b) establish and maintain safe and healthful workplaces. The consultation program is completely separate from OSHA’s enforcement efforts and does not issue citations or propose penalties. Although the on-site consultation program does not issue citations or propose penalties, employers receiving consultation services are required to correct all identified hazards as a condition of receiving program services.