Louisiana OSHA laws & HR compliance analysis

Louisiana OSHA: What you need to know

The federal Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act) overrides state laws and regulations in the areas that it covers. Since this amounts to 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 Louisiana has not adopted such a plan, the federal law governs workplace health and safety requirements in the private sector (businesses and nonprofit organizations).
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Certain employers with high-hazard workplaces may qualify for a workers' compensation premium rate reduction. Employers of more than 15 employees must have a fully implemented workplace safety plan in place.
Louisiana's Workplace Safety and Health program provides free safety and health program assistance to employers, especially those in smaller businesses (under 250 employees per facility and 500 worldwide). Program 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, comprehensive written report containing their findings and recommendations. No penalties are assessed or violations cited during the consultation; the consultation program is completely separate from the enforcement program. The ...

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