ND Occupational Safety & Health

ND Occupational Safety and Health

Our goal is to help your business meet OSHA safety and health regulations while developing an ongoing, effective safety and health management system! 

Bismarck State College offers this program to assist employers, especially those in smaller businesses, to reach their goal of achieving a safe and healthful workplace for their employees. Experienced and professional safety and industrial hygiene consultants will identify safety and health hazards in your business, supply recommendations to reduce or eliminate these hazards, and assess your safety and health management system. 

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How it Works

It's Free! 
Any private employer in North Dakota can request our services. The primary focus and priority of consultation is to provide assistance to the small business employer. Further priority is given to employers in high hazard industries and employers that fall under one of OSHA's strategic and/or emphasis programs. All of our services are free because our program is funded by federal OSHA and Bismarck State College. 

Some of the Services We Provide:

  • Full service on-site safety and health surveys, or specific surveys tailored to your request
  • Training
  • Technical assistance, by phone or e-mail
  • Safety and health program assessment
  • Air sampling and analysis
  • Noise measurements
  • Recognition/exemption program (SHARP)
  • Ergonomic evaluation and assistance
  • Written program evaluation and assistance

Employer Obligation

The employer's obligation is to correct all serious and imminent danger hazards identified by the consultant. The employer must also agree to post the list of hazards that accompanies the consultant's report. If the employer refuses to correct or verify correction of a serious or imminent danger hazard, the matter may be referred to OSHA compliance, an extremely rare occurrence.

Consultation Steps

Step 1:  The Request
You start the process.  This is as easy as making a phone call to our office or using our request form.  If you have any questions, please call us at 701-224-5539 to discuss what service would be most useful to your business.
 
An employer may request a facility-wide (full service) safety and health survey or a specific safety and/or health survey limited to only one or more issues.
 
Step 2:  The On-Site Visit
The consultant will call to arrange a convenient date and time to conduct the on-site assessment.  The visit includes an opening conference, followed by a walk-through survey of the facility to identify safety and/or health hazards and evaluate work practices.  The consultant will need to confer with a reasonable number of employees and, in a unionized workplace, an employee representative must be allowed an opportunity to participate in the opening and closing conferences as well as the walk-through.  Training can be conducted or arranged for later if necessary.  Written programs are reviewed, and a safety and health program assessment is conducted.  The consultant may provide sample written programs that can be useful.  The visit concludes with a closing conference to discuss findings and recommendations.  The consultant may offer suggestions for establishing or strengthening your overall safety and health program.  If hazards are identified, the employer and consultant set and agree on a date for correction.
 
If the consultant finds an imminent danger hazard, you are required to correct it immediately or to restrict employee access.
 
Step 3:  Evaluation and Report
A report detailing findings, recommendations, agreements, and ways to improve your safety and health management system is prepared and mailed to you.  Of course, you may contact the consultant for additional information or with additional questions at any time.
 
Step 4:  Correction of Hazards
The employer is required to correct all serious hazards identified and to 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 may be requested.
 
Step 5:  Follow-Up
In some cases, a return follow-up visit may be necessary.  For example, the consultant may need to remonitor air quality or noise levels, or verify that hazards have been properly corrected.