FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

THESE QUESTIONS ANSWERED BELOW:


Q. Can our small company afford WORK SAFE Solutions, Inc.? 

Q. Can safety issues be addressed after the inspection? 

Q. Does OSHA avoid smaller business? 

Q. Does OSHA inspect businesses with less than 10 employees? 

Q. Will WORK SAFE Solutions work with larger businesses? 

Q. Does our insurance company cover OSHA compliance? 

Q. If our company meets for a review, will OSHA be notified in any way or will our business face any increased exposure to an OSHA inspection? 

Q. Do we have to comply with OSHA regulations even though we are not aware of them? 

Q. Will I be obligated to replace machinery or make expensive alterations by meeting for a review? 

Q. If our company developed programs year(s) ago is it worthwhile to meet for a review? 

Q. Are references available? 

Q. Can you work with our Hispanic workforce? 

Q. If our company utilizes WORK SAFE Solutions, can we be fined by OSHA?     


Q. Can our small company afford WORK SAFE Solutions, Inc.? 

A. Most of our clients are small business owners.  Our service is priced appropriately to be affordable and appealing to small businesses.  Therefore, our pricing is based specifically on your exposures.  Additionally, many businesses use our service after their OSHA inspection.  This means they are paying OSHA fines and paying for our service.  Our prices are in line for a small business to afford both. 


Q. Can safety issues be addressed after the inspection?  

A. By law, businesses must comply with OSHA regulations. Employees must be trained prior to starting work or a new job task.  Address issues in advance to avoid preventable citations & high dollar fines.  After the inspection you will be required to address deficiencies and complete compliance within a specified time frame.


Q. Does OSHA avoid smaller business?  

A. Small businesses are affected the most. Click here to review the graphs for proof.   


Q. Does OSHA inspect businesses with less than 10 employees?  

A. Quite frequently.  As a group, companies with less than 10 employees receive more OSHA inspections and pay more fine dollars than the largest companies in America.  Click here to review the graphs for proof. 


Q. Will WORK SAFE Solutions work with larger businesses?  

A. Yes.  We can and do work with larger companies (Companies with 100 + employees).  Generally, when working with larger businesses, it is usually in the capacity of assisting the Safety Director with items that are already known to be neglected, i.e. catching up with employee training, writing a program manual for a new operation or responding to an OSHA inspection.  Position turnover or downsizing may have eliminated the safety position so there is a need to maintain and update the existing safety program.  Conversely, because of downsizing, the Safety Director may have taken on numerous additional duties and there is a need to maintain and update the existing safety program.  


Q. Does our insurance company cover OSHA compliance?  

A. Our review will show exactly what insurance companies do not cover, consequently leaving your business needlessly exposed.  We believe in utilizing everything provided by your insurance carrier.  However, in regard to OSHA compliance, most insurance carriers will not implement your safety program, write program manuals or conduct employee training.   They may provide information & reference material (as WORK SAFE Solutions provides during our free review) but the actual time-consuming tasks of development, implementation & employee training are left to you.  Again, insurance carriers are a great source of safety information but implementation is another matter.  Ask yourself this:  if insurance companies covered OSHA compliance then how is it that OSHA is able to generate citations and millions of dollars in fines from inspections?  All of these businesses inspected carried insurance and worked with an insurance carrier.  


Q. If our company meets for a review, will OSHA be notified in any way or will our business face any increased exposure to an OSHA inspection?  

A. WORK SAFE Solutions is a private business & has no affiliation with OSHA.  More importantly, we have no reporting obligation to OSHA.  All information, whether or not business is ever conducted with WORK SAFE Solutions, is confidential.  This is the primary reason why businesses meet with us.    


Q. Do we have to comply with OSHA regulations even though we are not aware of them? 

A. Yes, it's the law.  Any business with one or more employee is required to comply with OSHA regulations whether you are aware of them or not.  Claiming ignorance to the regulation will not serve as a viable excuse. 


Q. Will I be obligated to replace machinery or make expensive alterations by meeting for a review? 

A. There is never an obligation to do anything by meeting to review; or as a client.  You may be informed of deficiencies with recommended actions but you will never be obligated.  Decisions, if any, are solely yours.    


Q. If our company developed programs year(s) ago is it worthwhile to meet for a review?  

A. Absolutely.  Many items require annual review, updates, re-certification & employee re-training.  An out of date program can easily be viewed as ineffective, and thus obsolete. Meet for a review and know for sure, at no cost to your company. 


Q. Are references available?  

A. Multiple references are provided during the review. 


Q. Can you work with our Hispanic workforce?  

A. Sí.  In Chicago, Hispanic employees are commonplace.  All training materials have been translated to Spanish for reference by your Hispanic employees.  For those who desire, a translator can be provided as well.  


Q. If our company utilizes WORK SAFE Solutions, can we be fined by OSHA?  

A. Beware any person or business that claims their service will prevent OSHA from inspecting, citing and most importantly fining your company.  WORK SAFE Solutions is a third party assisting your company.  As we do not work at your company, nor control your work environment, employees, etc., we cannot be responsible for enforcement of your safety & health programs.  If your safety & health program is not enforced, adhered to in its entirety and completely understood by all employees, your company may be exposed to regulation violations.