Arizona Safety and Health: What you need to know

Arizona is one of 21 so-called “state-plan” states that have adopted appropriate laws and regulations, have gained approval from federal authorities, and now operate their own safety and health regulatory programs. The state standards are identical to those established by the federal government. There is additional information..
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Like the federal program, Arizona's VPP provides official recognition of exceptional safety and health programs, help in achieving higher levels of safety and health, and a cooperative approach to addressing potential safety and health problems. Unlike the federal program, the state only provides VPP recognition at the “Star Program” level.
Employers may participate in OSHA's Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP), which is designed to provide incentives and support to smaller, high-hazard workplaces. SHARP is available only to private sector workplaces in Arizona. SHARP gives special recognition to employers that receive a comprehensive safety and health consultation visit, correct all workplace safety and health hazards, implement effective safety and health management systems, and agree to request further consultative visits from OSHA staff if changes in working conditions or processes occur that may introduce new hazards.
Employers that meet these SHARP requirements may be exempt from routine OSHA inspections for 1 year.

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