Governing Law and Regulations
Definition of a public sector employer: Idaho Code (I.C.) 72-205
Occupational safety and health regulations (public sector only): Idaho Rules of Administrative Procedures of the Attorney General (IDAPA) 17.10.01
Requirements for public sector employers: IDAPA 17.10.01.004
U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
Idaho Division of Building Safety (IDBS) Industrial Safety
See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
· Rules. Federal safety and health program requirements for hazard communication govern all private sector (private businesses and nonprofit organizations) workplaces. Idaho does not have its own workplace safety and health regulatory program for the private sector.
The state has adopted its own rules for worker right-to-know for public sector (government offices and operations, fire departments, public schools, and other political subdivisions) employers.
· Administration and enforcement. OSHA administers and enforces the Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) requirements for private sector employers in Idaho. IDBS administers and enforces the HCS requirements for public sector employers.
I.C. 72-205 and IDAPA 17.10.01.004
Public sector employers must protect their employees from entering or working in any place of employment that is unsafe unless that employee has the appropriate training, is properly equipped, and is authorized to go to or be in such place. Training must include on-the-job instruction in the safe use of hazardous/toxic materials before assignment to jobs involving such exposures.