District of Columbia OSHA laws & HR compliance analysis

District of Columbia 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 it covers 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, but only with federal approval, and only if the applicable state requirements are as stringent as the corresponding federal standards. Because the District of Columbia has not adopted such a plan, the federal law governs workplace health and safety requirements. There is additional information and a detailed discussion of the federal standards.
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Although the private sector is regulated by the federal OSH Act, District of Columbia (D.C.) government employees are protected by the D.C. Occupational Health and Safety Standards Act administered by the D.C. Department of Employment Services. D.C. has, for the most part, adopted the federal standards (DC Code Sec. 32-1101et seq.).
The D.C. Department of Employment Services/Office of Occupational Safety and Health (OOSH) provides free, confidential safety and health program assistance to private employers, especially those in smaller businesses (under 250 employees per facility and 500 worldwide) that operate in DC. OOSH consultants help employers identify workplace safety and health hazards, provide advice on how to reduce or eliminate those hazards, and assess facility safety and health programs. A consultative survey is conducted by OOSH staff who are experienced in technical areas such as electrical safety, fire protection, confined ...

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