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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.  

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