It might seem counterintuitive, but the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) can be a valuable partner for your dairy.

Safety audits are becoming more important for dairies, and can often piggy-back on OSHA’s input, says Leonard Meador, environmental management consultant with Global Eco-Tech in Rossville, Ind.

OSHA's On-Site Consultation Service offers free and confidential advice to small and medium-sized businesses in all states across the country, with priority given to high-hazard worksites. Consultation services are totally separate from enforcement and do not result in penalties or citations.

These evaluations can help you look at your operation through fresh eyes and begin to see what poses a safety risk, Meador says. “They help you see what risks you are taking that you shouldn’t be taking. I have a number of clients that are taking advantage of this partnership.”

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