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Idaho Occupational Safety and Health Consultation Program

COVID-19 Notice

OSHCon is getting back to normal! Our consultants are currently conducting onsite consultation visits to companies that meet the following criteria:

  • Construction sites, logging, and sawmills,
  • Companies that have 25 employees or less,
  • Larger facilities (greater than 25 employees) where employee work stations are 25 feet or further apart,
  • All companies must have a COVID-19 protection plan in place.

We are offering industrial hygiene services (noise and air sampling) to companies that meet the above criteria.

We cannot currently conduct onsite visits with healthcare facilities such as hospitals, doctors’ offices, dental offices, and long term care facilities.

Our consultants continue to conduct virtual initial limited service consultation visits to review employer written safety and health programs.

Please be aware that the pandemic has created a backlog of requests. Our team is responding to them as quickly as they can within the guidelines that are in place.

Our offices are now open to the public during regular business hours: 8am – 5pm, Monday-Friday, except for holidays. We are sending and receiving mail on Tuesday and Thursday mornings only.

Thank you for your patience and understanding. We look forward to getting completely back to normal as soon as possible.

You can visit the News and Updates section at the bottom of this page for COVID-related resources.

About Us

The Idaho Occupational Safety & Health Consultation Program (OSHCon) provides free occupational safety and health services to small businesses within the state to help them understand and follow the rules and regulations required by the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA).

We do this mainly through onsite consultation services and our DVD lending library. Once invited to your business, our consultants can help with hazard recognition, reduction and elimination; industrial hygiene monitoring; and written program requirements. Our lending library can help you with training, and increase your knowledge of occupational safety and health.

We are funded by OSHA through the Department of Labor, but are not involved in enforcement. Our consultants do not impose penalties or fines during a visit with your business.

You can find us on the Boise State University campus in the Chrisway Annex building at 2103 University Drive in Boise. Normal business hours are 8am – 5pm, and we follow the university’s schedule for holidays.

Not an Idaho business? Check with the consultation program in your state to see what services they offer small businesses like yours. You can contact your state’s program through the OSHA website.

Why Consultation?

Between September 1, 2018, and October 30, 2019 (our most recent full-service financial year), OSHCon’s consultants visited 155 businesses throughout the state. Industries visited included Manufacturing, Construction, Agriculture, and the Service and Retail/Wholesale sectors.

During those 155 visits 2,195 serious hazards were identified, an average of 14.16 per visit. As a result of identifying those hazards, and the follow up undertaken by the employer, 11,215 people were removed from risk. Many employees were removed from multiple risks. A total of 13, 211 people were removed from risk of other than serious hazards that were identified by our consultants.

Improving workplace safety and health not only protects employees, it can reduce medical and insurance costs for employers, and increase productivity.

More information about how effective safety and health programs can save you money can be found on OSHA’s $afety Pays webpage.

How Can We Help?

Onsite Consultation

Request a Visit From Us

Sample Written Programs

Download Written Programs

Borrow Safety and Health DVDs

Join Our Library

Learn About SHARP

Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program

Learn About Emphasis Programs

Emphasis Programs for Idaho and Our Region

News and Updates

Protecting Workers: Guidance on Mitigating and Preventing the Spread of COVID-19 in the Workplace

OSHA has updated its guidance on COVID-19 in the workplace. The guidance is designed to help employers protect workers who are unvaccinated (including people who are not fully vaccinated) or otherwise at-risk (as defined in the text box below), including if they are immunocompromised, and also implement new guidance involving workers who are fully vaccinated but located in areas with substantial or high community transmission.   Full details can be found on the OSHA website.

OSHCon is Hiring!

The Idaho consultation program is looking for a senior consultant to join our team in Boise. Full details, including the application process, can be found on the Boise State Human Resources webpage.

Free Trenching and Excavation and Trenching Safety Training

The American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) in partnership with the Northwest Center for Occupational Health and Safety at the University of Washington is offering a comprehensive training program developed to educate on the hazards found in trench excavation work in the transportation construction industry.

What You Will Learn

  • Identify basic hazards associated with trenching and excavation.
  • Explain how protective systems work and how they protect workers.
  • Describe inspection requirements, duties of the Competent Person, and other safety considerations in trenching and excavation work.

Training Format

This course will be held via Zoom video conference. Participants are required to have a broadband internet connection, and a desktop or laptop computer with a microphone and camera.

Registered parties will receive information on creating a free zoom account, as well as webinar access instructions and course materials prior to the course dates.

Training Dates

  • Tuesday, June 15, 2021 (8:00am-12:00pm Pacific Time)
  • Thursday, June 17, 2021 (8:00am-12:00pm Pacific Time)
  • Thursday, July 1, 2021 – in Spanish! (8:00am-12:00pm Pacific Time)


Registration for this training is free. To get signed up, visit the University of Washington’s Continuing Education Center or email

Prevent Heat Illness at Work

As part of its ongoing campaign to prevent heat illness, OSHA has released a new poster that covers the issues facing outdoor workers in hot weather, steps to prevent heat illness, and signs of a heat-related emergency. The poster can be downloaded for free from the OSHA heat campaign website.

For more information and resources about how to protect your employees during the summer, please visit OSHA’s Heat Illness Prevention Campaign website.

April 28, 2021: Workers Memorial Day

Every year, on April 28, the nation recognizes Workers Memorial Day. This is the day we pay our respects to those who lost their lives on the job, and recognize the impact these tragic losses have on families, co-workers, and communities. This year, we also recognize that, more than a year into the pandemic, every day essential workers, many of whom are people of color and immigrants, have put their lives on the line during the COVID-19 pandemic. Many were sickened or died as a result of just going to work – for simply doing what they had to do to support their families. They were healthcare workers, grocery workers, meatpackers, nurses, delivery drivers, farmworkers, law enforcement officers, teachers, and sanitation workers. We remember and honor every worker who has lost their life to largely preventable fatal injuries and illnesses, and we commit ourselves to fighting to make sure that others do not suffer the same terrible fate.

For more information, visit OSHA’s Memorial Day webpage.

May 3-7: 2021 National Safety Stand

Down to Prevent Falls in Construction

Fatalities caused by falls from elevation continue to be a leading cause of death for construction employees, accounting for 320 of the 1,008 construction fatalities recorded in 2018 (BLS data). Those deaths were preventable. The National Safety Stand-Down raises fall hazard awareness across the country in an effort to stop fall fatalities and injuries.

What is a Safety Stand-Down?

A Safety Stand-Down is a voluntary event for employers to talk directly to employees about safety. Any workplace can hold a stand-down by taking a break to focus on “Fall Hazards” and reinforcing the importance of “Fall Prevention”. Employers of companies not exposed to fall hazards, can also use this opportunity to have a conversation with employees about the other job hazards they face, protective methods, and the company’s safety policies and goals. It can also be an opportunity for employees to talk to management about fall and other job hazards they see.

For information about how to participate, and tools and resources to help you with your plans, visit OSHA’s National Safety Stand Down website.

Stand Up 4 Grain Safety Week,

March 29 – April 2

Registration is now open for Stand Up 4 Grain Safety Week.

This free virtual event offers daily activities to raise awareness about storage hazards and provide information, education and training on best practices for safe grain handling!

Each day, at 10am CST, there will be a two-hour event with a different  focus and resources:

Monday: Standup Kickoff Event with livestreamed worker safety trainings, idea sessions and safety resources for industry use

Tuesday: Near Miss Reporting

Wednesday: Impact of Grain Quality on Safety

Thursday: Bin Safety

Friday: Emergency Action Plans

Register at 2021 Stand Up 4 Grain Safety.

Stand Up 4 Grain Safety Week was first held in 2017 as a local event, and continues to grow as OSHA, NGFA, GEAPS and GHSC combine their talents, resources, and knowledge to develop more training and educational offerings, expand partnerships with other industry organizations and reach across the entire grain industry spectrum. For more information, visit the Stand Up 4 Grain Safety website.

Safety Fest Save the Date

In 2021, Safety Fest of the Great Northwest will be conducting its 16th year of free training conferences around the state.

Safety Fest is typically held at six locations across Idaho: Post Falls, Boise, Idaho Falls, Twin Falls, Pocatello, and Lewiston.

The upcoming 2021 event will be completely virtual. All six local events are joining together to offer three full days of classes.

September 14-18: 2020 National Safety Stand Down to Prevent Falls in Construction

Fatalities caused by falls from elevation continue to be a leading cause of death for construction employees, accounting for 320 of the 1,008 construction fatalities recorded in 2018 (BLS data). Those deaths were preventable. The National Safety Stand-Down raises fall hazard awareness across the country in an effort to stop fall fatalities and injuries.

For information about how to participate, and tools and resources to help you with your plans, visit OSHA’s National Safety Stand Down website.

The Center for Construction Research and training, CWPR, also has a website about the stand down.

If you decide to participate, we’d love to hear about it on social media! Use the hashtags #StandDown4Safety #StopFalls #Construction.

Sign Up For Safe + Sound Week

Safe + Sound Week registration is open!

From August 10-16, 2020, businesses across the country will participate in Safe + Sound Week, a nationwide event that recognizes the successes of workplace safety and health programs and offers information and ideas on how to keep America’s workers safe.

Visit the Safe + Sound Week webpage to register your activities and to learn how to participate.

COVID-19 Resources

Below you will find COVID-19-related information from several different agencies. The information isn’t comprehensive, but is offered as a resource for employers and employees.


Two official resources for Idaho are the Idaho Department of Labor (website), and Official Resources for the Novel Coronavirus (website). Both of these sites are State of Idaho sites.

The Idaho Department of Labor website has resources for employers and employees, including pandemic unemployment assistance and unemployment insurance, and food and shelter.

The office State of Idaho site includes information about Stay Healthy Orders, and the stages of reopening the state.


OSHA’s primary resource is the OSHA COVID-19 official webpage. This page is being updated routinely and we encourage you to review it frequently.

The site offers:

  • An overview
  • News and updates
  • Hazard recognition
  • Information about applicable OSHA standards
  • Medical information
  • Guidance about control and prevention

There is also a section that discusses the background of the virus, and a section for additional resources.

OSHA has published a workplace poster you might find helpful: Ten Steps All Workplaces Can Take to Reduce Risk of Exposure to Coronavirus (pdf). It’s available in 13 languages.

In addition, OSHA has released several memorandums related to enforcement during the pandemic. These memorandums are intended to be time-limited to the current crisis:

5/19/2020: Revised Enforcement Guidance for Recording Cases of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) (web link), which supersedes the April 10 memo (web link)

5/19/2020: Updated Interim Enforcement Response Plan for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) (web link), which supersedes the April 13 memo (web link)

4/24/2020: Enforcement Guidance on Decontamination of Filtering Facepiece Respirators in Healthcare During the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Pandemic (web link)

4/16/2020: Discretion in Enforcement when Considering an Employer’s Good Faith Efforts During the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Pandemic (web link)

4/13/2020: Interim Enforcement Response Plan for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) (web link) for handling COVID-19-related complaints, referrals, and severe illness reports

4/10/2020: Enforcement Guidance for Recording Cases of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) (web link)

4/8/2020: Expanded Temporary Enforcement Guidance on Respiratory Protection Fit-Testing for N95 Filtering Facepieces in All Industries During the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Pandemic (web link)

4/3/2020: Enforcement Guidance for Use of Respiratory Protection Equipment Certified under Standards of Other Countries or Jurisdictions During the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Pandemic (web link)

4/3/2020: Enforcement Guidance for Respiratory Protection and the N95 Shortage Due to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Pandemic (web link) [1910.134 App B-1]

3/14/2020: Temporary Enforcement Guidance – Healthcare Respiratory Protection Annual Fit-Testing for N95 Filtering Facepieces During the COVID-19 Outbreak (web link)

Wage and Hour Division (WHD)

WHD’s Primary Resource is its WHD COVID-19 official webpage, which provides information on the implementation of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (web link) (FFCRA).

Centers for Disease Control (CDC)

CDC’s primary resource is the CDC COVID-19 Official Webpage. This page is being updated routinely and we encourage you to review it frequently. Recent guidance released and housed on this page includes:

Additional Resources by Industry Sector

Healthcare Industry Resources
From OSHA:
From National Institue for Occupational Safety and Heatlh (NIOSH)/CDC:
Transportation Industry Resources
From OSHA:
Retail, Service, and Manufacturing Industry Resources
From OSHA:
Construction Industry Resources
From OSHA:
From CPWR- The Center for Construction Research and Training:
From The General Building Contractors Association:
Other Industry Resources
From OSHA:

Need an OSHA Card?  Here’s What You Should Know:

Many employers ask their workers to obtain an OSHA card. This often refers to the Outreach Training Program’s 10-hour and 30-hour safety courses. Unfortunately, there has been an increase in fraudulent activity related to these courses over the past several years. Knowing the facts can help workers avoid fraudulent trainers and courses.

FACT: Only OSHA-authorized trainers may teach 10- and 30-hour safety courses and issue OSHA student course completion cards.

The 10-hour safety course covers general safety and health hazards for entry-level workers. The 30-hour safety course provides a greater variety of safety subjects and in-depth, industry-specific training and is intended for supervisors and workers with safety and health responsibility. While fraudulent actors may advertise OSHA 10-hour training, only OSHA-authorized trainers can issue course completion cards at the end of the training.

FACT: OSHA publishes a public list of authorized trainers to help workers find legitimate training and avoid fraud.

OSHA provides a list of authorized trainers to find instructors for the 10- and 30-hour safety courses. The list provides trainer names and contact information, and denotes which course each trainer is authorized to teach (i.e., construction, general industry, maritime, disaster site worker). Courses are also available in Spanish and online from the appropriate authorized trainer.

FACT: Taking the course does NOT guarantee employment.

While OSHA believes this training is an important first step towards workplace safety, beware of advertisements “guaranteeing” jobs after taking the course.

FACT: OSHA does not require completion of these courses, but may require other training for workers that encounter certain workplace hazards. Although some states, cities, and job creators have mandated Outreach Training Program courses as a prerequisite to employment, OSHA does not require the training. In other cases, jobs may include workplace hazards that require training to meet OSHA standards, such as training on common chemical hazards encountered in the workplace, or operator training for specific powered industrial trucks on the jobsite. Be sure to check your local requirements and consult the relevant OSHA regulations.

Keep these facts in mind when searching for courses and trainers to ensure proper safety training and avoid fraudulent courses. If you come across any fraudulent actors, please contact the Department of Labor’s Office of Inspector General. For more information, visit the Outreach Training Program website.

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