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Georgia Safety and Health: What you need to know

Health and safety in the workplace are regulated in large part according to standards adopted under the Occupational Safety and Health Act, a federal law that preempts most state laws. OSHA allows individual states to devise and administer their own work safety programs, but only with federal approval and only if the state requirements are at least as stringent as the corresponding federal standards. Georgia does not have its own approved occupational safety and health plan; therefore, the federal standards are the governing law of the state. There is a detailed discussion of the federal regulations to consult.
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Project Safe Georgia is a partnership of public sector and private industry members whose goal is to help small businesses in the state:
· Reduce work-related accidents, injuries, and illnesses
· Reduce workers' compensation claims and liability claims
· Reduce or eliminate OSHA fines
· Create a safe and healthy work environment
Project Safe Georgia operates a free, anonymous question and answer e-mail service for employers. It allows an employer to ask a workplace safety or health question and receive an answer from a state safety professional. The questioner's identity is kept confidential and is not known to the state safety professional.
For more information, call Project Safe Georgia at 404-679-4746 or toll-free at 888-561-7737.

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