Oklahoma OSHA laws & HR compliance analysis

Oklahoma 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, 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. Because Oklahoma has not adopted such a plan, the federal law governs workplace health and safety requirements in private sector workplaces. A comprehensive discussion of the federal standards is available.
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Although the private sector is regulated by the federal OSH Act, the Oklahoma Occupational Health and Safety Standards Act, administered by the Oklahoma Department of Labor (DOL), regulates public sector employers (state and municipal governments, schools, and commissions). Oklahoma's law follows federal standards in most important respects, except that the state has adopted rules for injury and illness recordkeeping and safety programs that are stricter than federal standards, and a rule for accident reporting that is less strict than federal rules.
Injury and illness recordkeeping. Public sector employers with one or more workers employed at any time during the year must prepare and maintain records of workplace fatalities, injuries, and illnesses. Public sector employers must use the state's injury and illness recordkeeping forms.
Safety programs. Every employer with 25 or more full- or part-time employees must designate a safety program coordinator, provide ...

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