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Federal vs. State

posted by Todd Jenkins, CHST October 2016

When the OSH Act of 1970 was signed into law by Richard Nixon states had the opportunity to limit federal involvement and authority. States missed a revenue source that should have been leveraged against businesses that put profit over human life. “Pursuant to Section 18 of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (Federal OSHA), States may administer their own job safety and health programs, or State Plans, if they meet minimum federal requirements.” Today 22 states have made the move to administer their own program, wiether adopting the federal standards verbatim or adding more stringent requirements.



The Policy Surveillance Program, A LawAtlas Project, housed at the Temple University Beasley School of Law has a full collection of all state safety and health standards. Virginia, Michigan, Minnesota, Washington, Oregon and California all have an above federal requirement for sanitation. While the same minus Virginia have adopted higher standards for Gases, Vapors, Fumes, Dusts, or Mists. Knowing all the nuances between the state standards could be cumbersome at best. It is important to know what regulations govern the state you work in.



 State  Regulatory Code
 Alaska  Alaska Labor Standards and Safety
 Arizona  Arizona Administrative Code
 Connecticut  CONN-OSHA adopts federal OSHA regulations and standards identically.
 California  Cal/OSHA - Title 8 Regulations
 Hawaii  HIOSH Standards Administrative Rules
 Indiana  Indiana OSHA adopts Federal OSHA regulations and standards identically.
 Iowa  Iowa OSHA Administrative Rules and Iowa Code
 Kentucky  Kentucky Occupational Safety and Health OSH Regulations
 Maryland  Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation
 Michigan  MIOSHA Standards
 Minnesota  Minnesota OSHA Compliance - Standards & Regulations
 Nevada  Nevada Register of Administrative Regulations Standards
 New Jersey  PEOSH Health Standards
 New Mexico  New Mexico Occupational Health & Safety Bureau
 New York  PESH Safety and Health Standards
 North Carolina  NCDOL Standards Information and Activity
 Oregon  Oregon OSHA Current Laws and Rules
 Puerto Rico  PR Normas y Reglamentos (In Spanish)
 South Carolina  South Carolina OSHA Safety/Health Standards
 Tennessee  TOSHA Standards and Rules
 Utah  Utah Administrative Code
 Vermont  VOSHA/OSHA Rules
 Virgin Islands  VIDOSH adopts federal OSHA regulations and standards identically.
 Virginia  OSHA/VOSH Standards
 Washington  Washington State Department of Labor & Industries, Rules & Requirements
 Wyoming  Wyoming OSHA Standards

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