Iowa OSHA: What you need to know

Under the federal Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act) , individual states may devise and administer their own standards, but only with federal approval and only if the applicable state requirements are at least as stringent as the corresponding federal standards.
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Iowa is among the “state-plan” states, which means it has received federal approval for its state plan, the Occupational Safety and Health Act (IA Code Sec. 88.1et seq.; IA Admin. Code Sec. 875-1.1 to Sec. 875-155.9), which govern both private (private businesses and nonprofit organizations) and public (state and local governments) sector workplaces. Iowa adopted the federal safety and health standards by reference and has added state-specific rules for hazard communication training that are stricter than federal requirements. The state law is administered and enforced by the Iowa Workforce Development's Division of Labor. There is more information about hazard communication training requirements.
Iowa offers employers workplace safety consultation services. The programs provides “no fee, no risk” on-site safety inspection, safety training, and hazard recognition at the employers' request for all private and public employees. The program helps employers identify potential hazards and improve their safety and health management systems. No citations are issued or penalties proposed during consultations. Participation may qualify the employer for a one-year exemption from routine OSHA inspections. Most consultations take place on-site, though limited services away from the worksite are available.

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