Pennsylvania OSHA laws & HR compliance analysis

Pennsylvania 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.
Pennsylvania does not have an approved state program, making federal requirements the governing law for private sector workplaces. A comprehensive discussion of the federal standards is available.
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Pennsylvania has adopted its own occupational safety and health rules that govern workplace safety for public sector employers (state and municipal agencies, schools, etc.). The state rules under the Pennsylvania General Safety Law (PA Stat. Tit. 35 Sec. 7101 et seq.) are significantly less comprehensive than federal requirements; in most cases they have not been updated since the 1960s.
The Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry (DLI)/Bureau of Occupational and Industrial Safety administers the occupational safety and health rules for public sector workplaces.
An employer with a written and functioning workplace Accident and Illness Prevention Program and a safety committee is eligible to receive a 5 percent discount on his/her insurance premium annually.
The PA/OSHA Consultation Program at Indiana University of Pennsylvania provides free, confidential safety and health program assistance to private employers, ...

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