Illinois Facilities laws & HR compliance analysis

Illinois Facilities: What you need to know

Unless a state has its own occupational safety and health law, approved by the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), workplace facilities are regulated principally by federal OSHA, under the Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Act. Since Illinois does not have its own federally approved program, the federal OSH Act applies and mandates the design, operation, conditions, and maintenance of workplace facilities.
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Washrooms. Employers of businesses in which employees may become covered with smoke, dust, grime, or perspiration to the extent that to remain in such a condition will endanger the health or offend the public must provide washrooms to their employees in all workplaces. The washrooms must be accessible to employees, be sufficient for the number of employees, have square footage of at least seven feet per employee, must have potable drinking water, hot and cold water showers, plenty of soap, and adequate toilets that are enclosed and heated during cold weather (IL Comp. Stat. Ch. 820 Sec. 230/1, Sec. 230/2).
Accommodations for nursing mothers. The Nursing Mothers in the Workplace Act states that an employer must make reasonable efforts to provide a room or private area close to the work area, other than a toilet stall, where a nursing mother can express milk. Employers with five or more employees are covered (IL Comp. Stat. Ch. 820 Sec. 260/1 et seq.).
Indoor air quality. The Illinois Indoor Air Quality Act establishes guidelines regarding acceptable levels of chemical and physical contaminants in indoor air (IL Comp. Stat. Ch. 410 Sec. 87).
The Illinois Department of Labor assists public employers in addressing indoor air quality issues including temperature ...

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Illinois Facilities Resources

Type Title
Handouts Saving Energy at Work (Handout)
Policies Lunchrooms/Breakrooms (Strict)
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