Alaska OSHA laws & HR compliance analysis

Alaska OSHA: What you need to know

Under the federal Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act) , individual states may devise and administer their own laws and regulations, but only with federal approval, and only if the applicable state requirements are as stringent as the corresponding federal standards.
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There is additional information and complete details about the federal standards.
Alaska is a “state-plan” state, which means it has its own OSH plan that has received federal approval (AK Stat. Sec. 18.60et seq.; AK Admin. Code Ch. 8 Sec. 61.010 et seq.) and regulates workplace safety and health in private (private businesses and nonprofit organizations) and public (state and local government operations) sector workplaces. The law is administered and enforced by the state Department of Labor and Workforce Development/Occupational Safety and Health (AKOSH).
Alaska adopted most of the federal safety and health standards by reference and has added several state-specific rules that are stricter than federal requirements for confined spaces, electrical systems, hazard communication, injury and illness reporting, lockout/tagout, permissible exposure limits, personal protective equipment (PPE), and safety plans. There is additional information about hazard communication requirements.
Confined spaces. Alaska confined space rule addresses the use of double block-and-bleed systems, attendant duties during confined space entries, and an additional definition for calibrated direct-reading instrument.
Electrical safety. The state has strict rules for electrical power generation, transmission, and distribution, and additional electrical safety-related work practices standards.
Injury and illness reporting. Alaska ...

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