Arizona OSHA laws & HR compliance analysis

Arizona OSHA: What you need to know

The federal Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act) is “preemptive”; that is, it overrides state laws and regulations in the areas that it covers. Under the OSH Act, individual states may devise and administer their own standards, but only with federal approval, and only if the applicable state requirements are as stringent as the corresponding federal standards. There is additional information and a discussion of the federal standards.
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Arizona is among the “state-plan” states, which means it has received federal approval for its workplace safety and health regulatory program, called the Arizona Occupational Safety and Health Act (AZ Rev. Stat. Sec. 23-401et seq.; AZ Admin. Code R. Sec. 20-5-601 et seq.), governing both private (private businesses and nonprofit organizations) and public (state and local government, and all other political subdivisions) sector workplaces. The Arizona Industrial Commission/Arizona Division of Occupational Safety and Health (ADOSH) administers the Act. Arizona has adopted the federal safety and health standards by reference. The state law requires Arizona employers to post notices informing employees of their rights and obligations under the state Act.
Employers seeking to self-insure for workers' compensation insurance must have a safety and health loss-control program. There is additional information.
The Arizona Division of Occupational Safety and Health (ADOSH) offers free consultative services to companies that request assistance in meeting occupational safety and health requirements. Upon request from an employer, trained industrial hygienists and safety consultants visit the ...

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