Indiana OSHA laws & HR compliance analysis

Indiana 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 it covers. Since it covers 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 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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Indiana is a “state-plan” state, which means it has received federal approval for its state regulatory program, called the Indiana Occupational Safety and Health Act (IOSHA) (IN Code Sec. 22-8-1.1et seq.IN Admin. Code Tit. 610 Sec.9-1-1 et seq, and IN Admin. Code Tit. 620 Sec. 1-1-1 et seq). IOSHA governs both private and public workplaces. It is administered by the Indiana Department of Labor/Indiana Occupational Safety and Health Administration (IOSHA). Indiana has adopted by reference the federal safety and health standards for general industry workplaces. There is additional information and a detailed discussion of the federal standards.
DOL's INSafe Division offers a free consultation service designed to help employers recognize and control potential safety and health hazards at their worksites, improve their safety and health program, assist in training employees, and possibly qualify for a 1-year exemption from routine OSHA inspections. The INSafe program, jointly funded by DOL and OSHA, is offered to all regulated businesses and organizations, regardless of size or type of industry.
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