Outreach

formerly: Publication Relations and Small Business

 

Chairperson: Denise Donnelly

Please contact the committee chairperson regarding any questions or volunteer opportunities. 

 

The Rocky Mountain Section of the American Industrial Hygiene Association

www.aiha-rms.org

AIHA-RMS seeks to provide guidance to those lacking the expertise of a health and safety professional, including:

  • Sample compliance materials
  • Sample guidance materials
  • Health and safety presentations to your business or small business organizations
  • Advice on safety equipment selection
  • Guidance on hazardous waste manifesting or response to a spill emergency
  • Information on OSHA and EPA regulations, forms, reporting, etc.
  • Discuss possible causes of symptoms or effects related to hazardous exposures

Follow the Small Business link on the website to get started.

On-site consultations are available through your Workers’ Compensation Provider, CSU and NIOSH

Available Resources:

Colorado State University
OSHA Consultation Program

(970) 491-6151
http://www.bernardino.colostate.edu/public/

National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)

(303)236-6032 (Denver office)
http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/hhe/HHEprogram.html

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) is the research branch of OSHA. NIOSH is available to do risk characterizations and health hazard evaluations at your place of business.

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

(720) 264-6550 (Denver office)
(303) 843-4500 (Englewood office)
www.osha.gov
http://www.osha.gov/dcsp/smallbusiness/index.html

Compliance Assistance Specialists are available at both OSHA offices to provide confidential answers to your questions.

Consultants Listing

Qualified consultants adhere to a code of ethics and save employers thousands of dollars by doing the job correctly

www.aiha.org/Content/AccessInfo/Consult/consultantsearch.html

Small Business Introduction

According to the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), on a typical day 154 workers in the U.S. die from work-related disease or injury, and another 9,000 workers are disabled. From 1980 to 1989, the average annual rate of workplace fatalities in Colorado was 8.9 per 100,000 workers (higher than the national average of 7.0 per 100,000 workers). The total annual costs for worker injuries and illnesses in Colorado is estimated at over $1.3 billion, not including the cost for lost productivity. Work-related injuries and illnesses can be reduced and controlled. Small businesses (50 employees or less) often do not have the personnel or the resources necessary to identify, evaluate, and control workplace hazards. In addition, many small business owners do not know where to go for help with safety and health issues.

This Safety and Health Resource Guide is offered to small businesses free of charge, by the American Industrial Hygiene Association's Rocky Mountain Section (AIHA-RMS). Our goal is to provide information and additional resources to assist small businesses in not only reducing costs associated with workplace injuries, but more importantly in protecting the health of their workers. We have included a list of various organizations that are available for additional help that may be beyond the scope of this guide.

The AIHA is a national organization of over 11,000 professionals in industrial hygiene, environmental health, toxicology, and related fields. Industrial Hygienists are professionals dedicated to protecting the health, well being, and productivity of the worker and the community through anticipation, recognition, evaluation, and control of environmental hazards. Such hazards include chemical exposures, noise, radiation, hazardous waste, and indoor air quality to name a few. The AIHA-RMS is a local section of the AIHA with members throughout Colorado and Wyoming.

We hope that you find this a useful tool in establishing a safe and healthful workplace for your employees. Feel free to contact us if you need additional assistance on using this guide. This is your reference guide, so add any useful information you want to have at your fingertips. Since this is our first edition of the Safety and Health Resource Guide, we welcome your comments. Future editions of this guide will be made available via floppy disk and/or internet version. Samples of numerous OSHA written programs are presently available on floppy and available upon request. See the section on OSHA resources. If you are part of an organization that could help us distribute additional guides, we would also like to hear from you. You may contact us at 303-281-8191

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS: A special "Thank You" to the following AIHA-RMS members for their dedication in preparing this guide: John Colvin, CIH, CSP, Mary Kay Crowley, CIH, George Flynn, CIH, Howard J. Gordon, Jerry Morin, and Lee Smith, CIH. Their contributions of time and hard work are greatly appreciated.

Links

Occupational Health and Safety (Introduction) -Did You Know?
Economics of Health and Safety
Cost Containment
The Mechanics of Cost Containment
The Occupational Physician
Choosing a Designated Provider
OSHA Resources
Contact Information
Health and Safety Training
Governmental Regulatory Agencies -Phone Numbers
Hiring a Health and Safety Consultant
Helpful Publications
Internet Sites