CHEYENNE - Wyoming OSHA Consultation and the Cheyenne Regional Medical Center hospital have joined a working relationship, participating in the Employer Voluntary Technical Assistance Program (EVTAP). EVTAP is designed to develop CRMC's health and safety policies and procedures and ensure their employees are provided one of the safest places to work in the state. EVTAP is Wyoming's equivalent to OSHA Pre-Safety and Health Recognition Program (SHARP).
Basically, CRMC and Wyoming OSHA EVTAP are working to help the hospital become a SHARP employer. This program recognizes small business employers who have used OSHA's On-Site Consultation Program services and operate exemplary safety and health programs. Acceptance of CRMC Hospital into SHARP from OSHA is an achievement of status that singles the hospital out among its business peers as a model for worksite safety and health.
"We are so fortunate to be participating in OSHA's Employer Voluntary Technical Assistance Program (EVTAP)," said Candis Pickard, facility safety officer/emergency management coordinator. "The partnership that has formed â€“ and the work we are doing to ensure our employees, patients, staff, and visitors are in a safe environment â€“ is invaluable."
"Many employers look at OSHA as an organization to fear, but it's just the opposite for us," Pickard continued. "We welcome their visits and guidance. As an employer, we have a duty to provide a safe work environment, and OSHA's support assures we are upholding that responsibility."
OSHA's On-Site Consultation Program offers no-cost and confidential safety and occupational health 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 to the company. Consultants from state agencies, such as Wyoming OSHA Consultation, or universities work with employers to identify workplace hazards, provide advice on compliance with OSHA standards, and assists in establishing injury and illness prevention programs. In Wyoming, these services are provided through the Department of Workforce Services OSHA Consultation Program.
For additional information about the OSHA On-Site Consultation Program nearest you, visit osha.gov or (800) 321-OSHA (6742).