Iowa OSHA regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Iowa OSHA: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Iowa Occupational Safety and Health Act (IOSHA), Code of Iowa (IA Code) 88.1 et seq., and regulations at Iowa Administrative Code (IAC) 875-2.1 to 875-155.9

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Hazard communication training: IAC 875-3.22

Regulatory Agency

Iowa Workforce Development Division of Labor Services Iowa Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH)

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. Iowa is a "state plan" state; that is, it has a federally approved occupational safety and health regulatory program. IOSHA, which has to be at least as stringent as the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Act, governs workplace safety and health in both the public and private sectors. The state has adopted the federal requirements by reference, and has added hazard communication training provisions that are stricter than federal rules. For detailed information, see the state section HAZARD COMMUNICATION STANDARD.

Also see the national sections HAZARD COMMUNICATION STANDARD, MATERIAL SAFETY DATA SHEET, OSHA, and TRAINING for information about federal standards.

Administration and enforcement. IOSH administers and enforces occupational safety and health requirements in Iowa.

Additional Guidance


The Iowa Division of Labor Services runs a free consultation and education program for Iowa businesses in need of assistance with state safety and health laws. The program provides "no fee, no risk" on-site safety inspection, safety training, and hazard recognition at employers' requests for all private and public employees. The program helps employers identify potential hazards and ...

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