Delaware OSHA laws & HR compliance analysis

Delaware 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. Since this amounts to virtually all areas of workplace health and safety in the private sector, it supplants most state work safety requirements. Under the 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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Because Delaware has not adopted such a plan, the federal law governs workplace health and safety requirements in the private sector (businesses and nonprofit organizations) workplace.There are no enforceable state safety and health rules for public (state and local government operations) sector workplaces.There is additional information of the federal OSHA standards.
The Delaware Office of Safety and Health Consultation provides free safety and health program assistance to employers, especially those in smaller businesses (under 250 employees per facility and 500 worldwide). The service is funded primarily through federal OSHA, with some assistance (10 percent) from state funds. Consultation staff can help you identify workplace safety and health hazards, advise you on how to reduce or eliminate those hazards, and assess your safety and health program. Experienced and professional safety, industrial hygiene, ergonomics, and new business safety program development consultants will provide you with a confidential, comprehensive written report containing their findings and recommendations. No penalties are assessed or violations cited during the consultation; the ...

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