NIST, OSHA Small Biz Safety Initiative

Tuesday, January 20, 2015 @ 03:01 PM gHale

Workers in small manufacturing businesses are getting more protection from hazards that can cause injuries and illnesses.

Through the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) On-site Consultation Program and National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST) Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP), the agencies are combining resources to reach small and mid-sized enterprises, which represent nearly 99 percent of manufacturing firms in the United States.

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NIST provides support to individual manufacturers through its nationwide network of experts and business professionals in local centers. OSHA’s On-site Consultation Program offers free and confidential safety and occupational health advice to small and medium-sized businesses in all states across the country and in several territories.

In October, OSHA’s Directorate of Cooperative and State Programs (DCSP) reached out to NIST to set up a meeting to discuss how OSHA’s On-site Consultation Program could collaborate with NIST’s MEP members to protect workers at small manufacturing businesses. Because the two organizations offer services to small businesses in high hazard industries, it seemed logical for OSHA and NIST to work together on some mutually beneficial efforts.

MEP’s strategic objective is to create value for all manufacturers, with a focus on small and mid-sized enterprises. MEPs provide support to individual manufacturers through its nationwide network of local centers made up of teams of experts and business professionals.

“MEP puts manufacturers in position to develop new products and customers, expand into global markets, adopt new technology, reshore production, and more,” said a notice on the MEP website. “And because of its direct contact with manufacturers, MEP serves as a valuable bridge to other organizations that share a passion for enhancing the manufacturing community.”

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