In this article, we will discuss who ADOSH is, what they do, how to reach out to them if you need help, and what to do if you see something hazardous on a job site.
ADOSH or Arizona Division of Occupational Safety and Health is the Industrial Commission of Arizona's muscle enforcing occupational and health laws in Arizona, excluding mining operations, native American reservations, and federal employees. ADOSH is OSHA for Arizona (see "who is OSHA)
800 W Washington St, Phoenix AZ 85007
(PO Box 19070, Phoenix AZ 85005-9070)
Phone: (602) 542-5795
Toll-Free: (855) 268-5251
FAX: (602) 542-1614
2675 East Broadway, Tucson AZ 85716
Phone: (520) 628-5478
Toll-Free: (855) 268-5251
FAX: (520) 322-8008
For this article, we are only concerned with ADOSH's roles in roofing and construction. Moreover, more specifically two departments within the division.
Safety and Health Compliance
Let's start with safety and health compliance since that is probably what most contractors and employees are familiar. If they are familiar with ADOSH at all. On that note, if you are not familiar with ADOSH and are a contractor or employee of a contractor, get familiar with them as soon as possible.
ADOSH's compliance activities consist of conducting unannounced inspections of workplaces throughout Arizona to determine whether employers are complying with the Occupational Safety and Health Act and standards. Inspections could be the result of a work-related accident, a complaint, a referral, a planned inspection, or a follow-up to ensure that previously cited seriously, repeat or willful violations corrected.
Inspections involving work-related accidents are generally severe involving multiple injuries or a fatality. A complaint inspection is typically the result of A severe safety/health allegation or a non-response to a written inquiry sent to an employer by ADOSH. A referral generally comes from another government source.
Planned or scheduled inspections are generally those directed to hazardous industries or those employers who have what appears to be a large number of workers' compensation claims. ADOSH is the only state or federal OSHA program in the country that has an independent body, the Industrial Commission, that reviews the appropriateness of ADOSH's penalty proposals. https://www.azica.gov/adosh-safety-and-health-compliance
Consulting and Training
In preparation for this article, I met with the director of ADOSH to make sure I was providing useful information. There are two things that you need to know about ADOSH and OSHA to better understand why they do what they do. These folks are not trying to take down business, and they don't see a dime extra from any fines they impose. Their mission is to effect a change in the culture DP safety becomes something people do, like breathing. Unfortunately, a change in the culture sometimes requires a hit a few wallets.
Some contractors whom I have spoken with, are skeptical about using ADOSH's training and consulting programs. They fear that the next visit they get will be from the compliance officer. Rest easy knowing that these two departments are entirely separated; they don't even share the same computer servers. Unless there is an imminent danger, which we all should report, the consultant is there to help you not bust you.
The Arizona Division of Occupational Safety and Health (ADOSH) has a consultation section that provides consultative services to employers and employees within the state of Arizona. These services are free of charge, and there are no citations issued when identified hazards are promptly corrected. All employers within the State have a responsibility to provide their employees with a workplace free from recognized hazards. ADOSH acknowledges that this is not always easy. Today's workplaces are more complex than ever. For this reason, the ADOSH consultation sections are available to assist employers with services such as -On-site safety and health surveys; -Establishing safety and health programs; -Safety and health literature; -Construction partnership opportunities; -Safety and health recognition programs.
Contractors don't be afraid to reach out and ask ADOSH for help; they want to help and will help if you ask. https://www.azica.gov/forms/adosh2217
On the subject of imminent danger, it is the responsibility of each one of us human beings to watch out for each other. If you see or know of any situation, violation or circumstance of any kind that exposes workers to possible injury, you need to report it. By the way, contractors and roofers you have to wear fall protection gear if you are six feet or more of the ground, its the law.
Call ADOSH toll free at (855) 268-5251 or (602) 542-5795 (Phoenix) or (520) 628-5478 (Tucson).
In this article, we discussed who ADOSH is, what they do, and whom you can get help from them when you need it.
Henry Staggs, NCCER Master Trainer, Adjunct Professor and Roofing Industry Leader
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