Private sector employers. Most of Oklahoma's state laws and regulations on workplace facilities are, in essence, work safety standards. While some states have obtained authority from the federal government to operate their own work safety programs, Oklahoma is not one of them, which means that for private sector businesses, Oklahoma's work standards are generally regulated by the federal Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act).
State workplaces. Oklahoma has its own OSH Act, The Oklahoma Health and Safety Standards Act, but it applies only to state employees (OK Stat. Tit. 40 Sec. 401et seq.). It is managed by the Oklahoma Department of Labor's Public Employee Occupational Safety and Health Division (PEOSH), which is responsible for rulemaking, compliance, and training for public (city, county, state, school, and municipal trust) employees.
PEOSH encourages employers to use engineering controls and good housekeeping and work practices to maintain a clean, safe, and healthful work environment and to train employees in spotting and reporting hazards. PEOSH also encourages management/employee safety and health committees in the workplace.
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Smoking. The Oklahoma Smoking in Public Places and Indoor Workplaces Act prohibits smoking in indoor public places, including most workplaces, with some exceptions. Employers or commercial tenants may prohibit smoking within 25 feet of entrances.OK Stat. Tit. 21 Sec. 1247).
Employers in Oklahoma are required to make a reasonable effort to provide a private, sanitary, and secure location other than a toilet stall where employees can express milk or breastfeed a child, unless the size, ...