Whatever the OSHA safety need, OSTS will come to your location or job site for a one-on-one on-site consultation. OSTS has a variety of services available, including General Industry and Construction industry needs. We can assist with written program development, custom policy and procedure development, facility and site safety inspections, regular and scheduled face-to-face employee safety training in English or Spanish, and most all OSHA regulatory requirements.

Many of our clients rely on OSTS to provide their ongoing, day-to-day, month-to-month safety activity provision and management.  We refer to this service as safety Program Management (PM).  We customize these PM services to fit applicable OSHA requirements, company size, and client needs.

Our consultants have many years of field experience, allowing for real-world application of OSHA requirements to fit your particular business operation needs.

In addition to proactive services, Senior consultants have years of experience dealing with Cal OSHA inspectors, District Managers, and Administrative Law Judges via the OSHA citation appeal defense facilitation. Click below to read about our citation appeal and defense process and defense success.

Safety Program Management services (PM)

Let OSTS be your Safety Department!

Program Management safety services are designed to ensure that the employer is maintaining the three primary, proactive safety activities that help to ensure employees understand their safety responsibilities, follow safe work practices, and fully participate in and support the company’s safety program.  The benefits include elimination / reduction of safety-related incidents, increased employee morale, reduction of Workers’ Compensation premiums, and OSHA compliance.

OSTS will help guide our PM clients with the development of and management of a safety activities calendar that is most-beneficial to the client’s needs / requirements.

The three primary ongoing Program Management services include:

  • Safety Committee Meetings

Safety Committee Meetings include facilitation and regulatory guidance of meeting subject matter. OSTS will act as technical support for OSHA requirements, provide solution-based recommendations (i.e. what has worked for other clients) for safety concerns, and aid on keeping meetings focused and on schedule.

  • Employee Safety Training – 90% of our classes are available in English and Spanish*

Employee training sessions may include lecture, classroom hands-on activities, plant/shop/job site hands-on activities, powerpoint presentations, video support and/or handout support materials as determined necessary. OSTS, Inc will encourage questions and provide appropriate, company-positive responses.

For coursework that warrants Certificates of Completion / Qualification, students may be required to take and pass written, verbal, demonstration tests / examinations.

* OSTS does not conduct bi-lingual classes (i.e. English and Spanish presentation in same classroom at the same time).  Dual language classroom presentation is not beneficial for any individuals involved, particularly the students.

  • Facility Safety Inspections

COMPREHENSIVE INSPECTION REPORTS – Facility safety inspections include hazard identification, regulatory explanation, regulatory identification, citation category (i.e. Regulatory, General, Serious) and a tracking field for corrective action(s) related to items uncovered during inspection. These inspection reports will be used for discussion in the next Safety Committee meeting.  Written Program content review is not included by default and must be requested by client.  Program content review will incur additional cost.

 

Examples of common employee safety training topics available (English or Spanish as needed)

The following is a list of common topics that may be considered for the regularly scheduled employee safety training sessions. This is NOT a complete listing of available topics. OSTS can put together a customized list of suggested topics based on your company’s specific hazards.

IIPP Orientation Bloodborne Pathogens
† Lockout / Tagout / Blockout
• Affected LevelAuthorized Level (extended duration, select group of employees, Energy Control Procedure validation)Energy Control Procedure (ECP) development training available for those Employers who do not have any existing ECPs developed.
Personal Protective Equipment

• head, hands, eyes, body, feet
(PPE hazard assessment required. Must be certified)

† Hearing Conservation † Respiratory Protection classroom and fit testing
Hazard Communication Fire Prevention Safety
Fall Protection Awareness Fire Extinguisher Use
Machine Guarding Safety Slips/Trips/Falls
Back Injury Prevention Emergency Action Plan (earthquake preparedness
Ergonomics: Office or Mfg. Evacuation Drill facilitation

(may be combined with Emergency Preparedness Training)

Basic Electrical Safety Housekeeping
Many other topics are available. Ask your account rep. For details

† These items require development of formal written programs per CCR Title 8 regulations.

Supervisor Liability/Responsibility

This two-hour session will ensure that Supervisors understand their responsibility as it relates to the company’s Injury & Illness Prevention Program and to the employees under their control. Also included is the importance of proper disciplinary action as well as how to respond to an incident and or injury when OSHA arrives.

The success of every employers Injury and Illness Prevention Program (IIPP) relies on all involved Parties to “buy in”.  When Ownership / Executive Management support safety operationally and financially and Employees and trained (empowered with safety information), we just need supervision to verbalize, recognize, enforce, and be the example for safe work practices.

This course gives supervisors a strong safety foundation and understanding to ensure they are clear on their responsibility and personal liabilities as they apply to the safety of the employees that they oversee.

We request that our client provide their own IIPP so our consultant can refer to specific policies and procedures as they apply to the course curriculum.

Topics Covered:

  • OSHA overview
  • Your company’s Injury and Illness Prevention Program (IIPP)
  • Supervisor Responsibility and Liability
  • Multi-Employer job sites / Dual Employer work sites
    • Construction Industry / General Industry
  • When and How to Report and Record incidents and injuries
    • The three primary categories: First Aid, Recordable, Reportable
  • Recognize, eliminate, reduce recurrence of hazards in the workplace
  • What to do when OSHA shows up at your work site

Cal OSHA Citation Defense

OSTS will evaluate your case, prepare arguments / defenses and handle all negotiations with OSHA & Appeals Board. Client may be required to participate in face-to-face informal conferences and telephonic conferences as determined necessary.

OSTS will strive to settle your case as efficiently as possible. A majority of cases are settled prior to the need to appear at Appeal Hearing.  OSTS will take your case to Hearing if warranted.   This will be a mutually-agreed decision between OSTS and client, taking into account the potential gains and losses of going to Hearing.

Two steps prior to Hearing are the focus for settling your case.

Step 1

The first is the Informal Conference (informal meeting with OSHA). The Informal Conference will be scheduled ONLY after your Appeal is “Docketed” and our arguments are properly prepared. Dates are completely dependent on the assigned Administrative Law Judge’s (ALJ) schedule.  This informal conference process can encompass several meetings / tele-conferences.

Step 2

The second step is the Pre-hearing Conference with our ALJ.  The prehearing is mostly a formality in the process where the ALJ wants to ensure that the Employer and the Division (OSHA) are attempting to work toward settlement.

OSTS cannot guarantee that OSHA will make a settlement offer, nor can OSTS guarantee that your case can be significantly adjusted or reduced. However, since 1992, OSTS has had tremendous success in achieving significant reductions in citation classification, penalty amount owed, and adverse impact on its client’s time and production.  Click on the tab below to view some of our citation defense success.

Each case has a multitude of different variables that lead to its final outcome.

Ultimately, if settlement cannot be reached, your case will proceed to Hearing.

Cal OSHA Citation Defense History

The following table shows examples of some of our success history

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