Arkansas OSHA laws & HR compliance analysis

Arkansas 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 it covers. Since this amounts to virtually all areas of workplace health and safety in the private sector, the OSH Act supplants most state work safety requirements. Under the OSH Act, individual states may devise and administer their own laws and regulations for private sector (businesses and nonprofit organizations) employers, but only with federal approval, and only if the applicable state requirements are as stringent as the corresponding federal standards.
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Because Arkansas has not adopted such a regulatory program, the federal law governs workplace health and safety requirements for private sector workplaces. There is additional information and a detailed discussion of the federal standards.
Arkansas has adopted rules that govern workplace safety and health in public sector (state, county, and municipal governments and school systems) workplaces. The state rules are substantially less comprehensive than the federal rules. However, the state has also enacted its own hazard communication, or “worker right-to-know,” law for public sector workplaces that is stricter than the federal rule.
The state rules are administered and enforced by the Arkansas Department of Labor (DOL)/Occupational Safety and Health Division (AOSH).
DOL's Consultation Division provides free safety and health program assistance to private sector employers, especially those in smaller businesses (under 250 employees per facility and 500 worldwide). Small high-hazard industries receive priority for services. Their staff can help you identify workplace safety ...

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