Georgia OSHA laws & HR compliance analysis

Georgia OSHA: What you need to know

The federal Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act)overrides state work safety and health 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.
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Because Georgia has not adopted such a regulatory program, federal standards prevail and govern health and safety in the private workplace (businesses and nonprofit organizations). There is a detailed discussion of the federal standards.
Georgia has its own hazard communication law that governs worker chemical right to know in public sector workplaces (state and local governments, schools, commissions, etc.). There are no additional state workplace safety and health rules for public sector employers. See municipal codes for possible rules.The state worker right-to-know rule is substantially identical to federal right-to-know provisions. There are more details.
Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) 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 from state funds. GTRI 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, ...

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