Idaho OSHA laws & HR compliance analysis

Idaho OSHA: What you need to know

The federal Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act) is “preemptive”; that is, it overrides state work safety and health laws and regulations for the private sector. If an individual state wishes to enact its own work safety laws for private sector employees, it must have federal approval, and its state plan must be at least as stringent as the federal act.
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Idaho does not have an approved occupational safety and health regulatory program; therefore, in the private sector workplace, the OSH Act prevails and governs health and safety.
Public (state government offices, commissions, boards) sector workplaces are regulated under state workplace safety and health laws (ID Code Sec. 67-2311 et seq.; ID Admin. Code 17.10.01), administered by the Idaho Division of Building Safety.
There is additional information and a detailed discussion of the federal standards.
OSHA, through the Boise State University Occupational Safety and Health Program, funds a service that provides free, confidential safety and health program assistance to private employers, especially those in smaller businesses (under 250 employees per facility and 500 worldwide). Public sector employers may apply for assistance on a contingency basis. The service helps employers identify workplace safety and health hazards, provides advice on how to reduce or eliminate those hazards, and assesses facility safety and health programs. A consultative survey is conducted by program staff consultants who are experienced in technical areas such as electrical safety, fire protection, confined space entry, indoor air quality, and industrial hygiene. A written report containing their findings ...

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