Comparison: State vs. Federal
Illinois does not have a federally approved occupational safety and health regulatory program for private sector workplaces. Therefore, the federal rules govern workplace safety and health in the private sector (private businesses and nonprofit organizations). The state does have a federally approved safety and health regulatory program that governs public sector (government offices and operations) workplaces. The Illinois Health and Safety Act’s (IHSA) recordkeeping standards follow those of the federal Occupational Safety and Health Act.
See the national section RECORDKEEPING for more information on federal recordkeeping requirements.
U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) administers and enforces occupational health and safety in the private sector in Illinois. The Illinois Department of Labor (IDOL) administers and enforces the IHSA, which public sector employers must follow.