Idaho OSHA regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Idaho OSHA: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (OSH Act), 29 USC 651 et seq. and regulations at 29 CFR 1901 et seq.

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Definition of a public sector employer: Idaho Code (ID Code) 72-205

General safety and health guidelines (public sector only): Idaho Administrative Code (ID Admin. Code)

Regulatory Agencies

U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Region 5

Idaho Division of Building Safety (DBS) Industrial Safety

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

· Rules. Idaho is not a “state plan” state; that is, it does not have a federally approved occupational safety and health regulatory program. Therefore, private sector workplaces are regulated by the federal standards.

The state has adopted its own workplace safety and health rules for public (state and local government and other political subdivisions) sector employers, including guidance on specific activities that are stricter than federal rules for fire prevention and emergency evacuations.

· Administration and enforcement. OSHA administers and enforces workplace safety and health regulations at private facilities in the state. The Idaho Division of Building Safety conducts safety and health inspections of public sector workplaces.

State Requirements


ID Code 72-205

State law defines “public employers” as government offices and operations, fire departments and ambulance services, counties, cities, public schools, municipal corporations, and other political subdivisions.

Additional Guidance


Free on-site consultation and assistance is available to Idaho employers through Boise State University’s Occupational ...

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