NORA Manufacturing Sector Strategic Goals
927EID1102 - Fire Inspections as a Channel to Small Business OutreachStart Date: 10/1/2010
End Date: 9/30/2014
Principal Investigator (PI)Name: Robert Malkin
Funded By: NIOSH
Primary Goal Addressed8.0
Secondary Goal AddressedNone
Attributed to Manufacturing100%
The purpose of this project is to determine if the fire department is effective at distributing OSH material without negatively impacting their duties as a fireman
The hypothesis of the project is that the fire department is effective at disseminating safety information. The goal is for the fire department to be effective at distributing OSH material and for the recipients to report improved OSH as a result of receiving the material.
Small business entrepreneurship is a vital component of the U.S. economy. Occupational safety and health activities including research, regulation, enforcement, and intervention historically have not focused on small businesses despite their predominance and relatively large numbers of employees overall. Few small business establishments provide on-site occupational health units, medical screening tests, pre-placement physicals, or employ or use industrial hygiene or safety personnel/consultants. As a consequence, prevention of occupational injury and illness is often difficult in small business establishments because they generally have few safety and health resources, do not hire staff devoted to safety and health activities, and often lack the ability to identify occupational hazards and conduct surveillance. Small business owners have a multitude of concerns and occupational safety and health issues are only one of them. Promoting occupational safety and health in small businesses is often a difficult task due to the dispersion of work sites, the variability of work settings, the poor receptiveness of the small business owner to government intervention, and the small number of workers in each company.