Engineering Extension

South Dakota OSHA Consultation


The mission of Engineering Extension is to assist the private and public sectors of the state with their technical safety and health needs for the purpose of saving costs for businesses and to benefit economic development. The OSHA Consultation Program is a key effort of Engineering Extension.


Managers of small businesses are well aware of the economic impacts of job-related accidents. They create medical expenses, raise insurance premiums and property damages, and cause production losses. Yet, the growing complexity of materials, manufacturing processes, and regulations makes controlling safety and health hazards in the workplace increasingly difficult—and often, increasingly expensive.

Employers in South Dakota who need assistance in identifying and correcting safety and health hazards in the workplace can call upon a free, on-site consultation service. Provided by SDSU and funded in part by the US Department of Labor, this service is Engineering Extension. It assists firms interested in providing safe, healthy, and productive work environments.

An on-site visit by a professional from Engineering Extension can help employers better manage safety and health conditions and reduce costs by improving conditions in the workplace. Since 1981, Engineering Extension has provided a service staffed with well-qualified, OSHA-trained safety and health professionals with many years of experience in industry, government, and academia.

Typical Type of Assistance

  • walk-through surveys to assist businesses in achieving in-compliance status with federal regulation and consensus standards
  • surveys of work practices to pinpoint causes of injuries or illnesses
  • noise measurements to evaluate noise exposure and assist with hearing conservation
  • air sampling and analysis to measure contaminants, such as dust, fumes, gases, and vapors
  • evaluation of technical programs, such as lockout/tagout, confined space entry, hazard communication, and respiratory protection assistance in developing safety and health programs
  • a confidential written report, at no charge, for the exclusive use of the company
  • references to safety and health standards that apply to Engineering Extension’s findings
  • suggestions and practical solutions for correcting hazards and improving the company’s safety and health programs on-site formal and informal training assistance

Services Available


  • Determination of compliance with OSHA regulations and consensus standards
  • Comprehensive hazard evaluations
  • Job safety analysis
  • Safety Program audits
  • Technical program development
  • Assistance with hazard controls


  • Comprehensive hazard evaluations
  • Chemical exposure assessment
  • Technical program audits
  • Noise evaluation and control
  • Evaluation of ventilation systems
  • Determination of compliance with OSHA regulations and consensus standards
  • Indoor air quality investigations