Compliance Assistance Specialists (CASs)

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Who are Compliance Assistance Specialists and how can they help me?

Workers_BusinessPeopleSmilingCompliance Assistance Specialists can provide general information about OSHA standards and compliance assistance resources. They respond to requests for help from a variety of groups, including small businesses, trade associations, union locals, and community and faith-based groups. There is generally one Compliance Assistance Specialist in each OSHA Area Office in states under federal jurisdiction. They are available for seminars, workshops, and speaking events. They promote cooperative programs, such as the On-site Consultation Program, the Voluntary Protection Programs, the Strategic Partnership Program, and the Alliance Program. They also promote OSHA’s training resources and the tools available on the OSHA web site.

How do I contact a Compliance Assistance Specialist?

Check the Compliance Assistance Specialist Directory for the CAS in your local office.

What if I’m in a state with an OSHA-approved program?

Contact your local state office for compliance assistance.

What other OSHA personnel can employers and workers contact for assistance?

  • Regional Labor Liaisons. Each OSHA Region has a Labor Liaison, whose job it is to maintain communication with organized and unorganized workers, Committees on Occupational Health and Safety, worker centers, and coalitions. The Labor Liaisons help these groups navigate OSHA’s organizational structure or complaint procedures, and assist them in developing and updating health and safety programs.
  • Regional Diverse Workforce/Limited English Proficiency Coordinators. Each OSHA Region has a Diverse Workforce/Limited English Proficiency Coordinator to assist small businesses, trade associations, union locals, community and faith-based groups, and others with outreach, education and training to Spanish-speaking and other diverse workers.
  • On-site Consultation Program. OSHA’s On-site Consultation Program offers free and confidential advice to small and medium-sized businesses in all states across the country, with priority given to high-hazard worksites. On-site Consultation services are separate from enforcement and do not result in penalties or citations. Consultants from state agencies or universities work with employers to identify workplace hazards, provide advice on compliance with OSHA standards, and assist in establishing injury and illness prevention programs.
  • Regional and Area Offices. Contact your local OSHA office for more information.

Source: United States Department of Labor, “Compliance Assistance Specialists (CASs)” website. Accessed August 5, 2014.

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