Changes to OSHA's consultation program could mean trouble for entrepreneurs.
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After creating a measure of goodwill with entrepreneurs byoffering free, confidential workplace consultations, OSHA is nowplanning changes to the program that are sure to angerentrepreneurs.
Under the present program, OSHA pays state government employeesto audit the safety and health programs of employers whovoluntarily request an audit--at no cost to business owners.Priority is given to companies with fewer than 250 employeeson-site and fewer than 500 employees nationwide. Provided theemployer makes all the corrections suggested by the consultant, thecompany gets a one-year exemption from OSHA inspections.
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