Oklahoma Safety Plans: What you need to know

Oklahoma does not have a federally approved occupational safety and health regulatory program for the state; therefore, private sector employers must comply with federal occupational safety and health standards for written safety plans for specific activities (e.g., bloodborne pathogens exposure control plan, hazard communication plan) and for specific hazardous substances.

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Public (state and local government) sector workplaces must comply with the state workplace safety and health rules for safety plans; the state has adopted the federal rules by reference. In addition, public sector employers must develop a written safety program that addresses all activities where employees may encounter hazards in the workplace.

Self-insured and group-insured employers must develop workplace safety plans for workers’ compensation coverage.

Small private employers may qualify for a workers’ compensation insurance premium reduction by developing a workplace safety and health program.

The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) administers and enforces federal workplace safety and health requirements in private sector workplaces in the state.

Oklahoma Statutes Annotated (OSA) Tit. 40 Sec. 403, and OK Administrative Code (OAC) 380:40-1-22

Each public sector employer must develop a written safety program appropriate to the workplace and the nature of hazards encountered by employees. The employer must implement all of the following safety program activities:

  • Implement management, leadership, and employee involvement.
  • Implement procedures for identifying and controlling workplace hazards.
  • Develop and communicate safety plans, rules, ...

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