Florida OSHA laws & HR compliance analysis

Florida 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 Florida has not adopted such a plan, the federal law governs workplace health and safety requirements in private sector workplaces (businesses and nonprofit organizations). A detailed discussion of the federal standards is available.
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In Florida, there are no federal or state safety and health standards for public sector workplaces (state, county, and municipal governments, school systems, commission, etc.). Florida is one of a handful of states that has no workplace safety law for public sector employers. Check with your local government for information about county or municipal safety regulations or standards.
The Department of Insurance will approve rating plans for workers' compensation insurance that give specific discounts to employers that implement a safety program according to its standards.
Private sector workplaces. The University of South Florida's (USF) Consultation Program 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 ...

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