Oklahoma Safety and Health: What you need to know

Health and safety in the private sector workplace are regulated in large part by standards developed under the federal Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act) and enforced by OSHA. Individual states may devise and administer their own work safety laws, but only if the state act--with requirements at least as stringent as the federal statutes--is federally approved. Since Oklahoma does not have its own approved occupational safety and health plan, the federal OSH Act governs private sector workplace safety and health in the state.
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In the public sector, state employee safety and health is regulated by the Oklahoma Occupational Health and Safety Standards Act, which has adopted the federal standards, with some additional state requirements (OK Stat. Tit. 40 Sec. 401et seq.). Additional information about the public sector employer standards is available.
A comprehensive discussion of the OSH Act is also available.
Employers who have implemented an effective safety and health program, have corrected all hazards identified during an on-site consultation visit, have a lost workday incidence rate lower than their industry's national average, and have a program in place to prevent hazards may be, upon their request, nominated for SHARP. If approved, the employer is awarded a SHARP certificate and a banner recognizing the company's safety and health program achievement. The company is then removed from OSHA's general scheduled inspection list for one year. SHARP is renewable each year if all conditions of the program continue to be met.

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