South Carolina OSHA laws & HR compliance analysis

South Carolina 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. 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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South Carolina has adopted the federal safety and health standards by reference, except for stricter state standards for spray finishing areas. The South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation/Occupational Safety and Health Administration administers and enforces safety and health standards for both private (private businesses and nonprofit organizations) and public (state and local government agencies) sector workplaces.
Employers that want help in recognizing and correcting safety and health hazards and in improving their safety and health programs may obtain it from a free consultation service largely funded by OSHA. In recognition of its efforts to correct problems discovered during the consultation, a company may be excluded from scheduled OSHA enforcement inspections for 1 year.
The consultation service is primarily targeted for smaller businesses in higher hazard industries or with especially hazardous operations. No citations are issued or penalties proposed during the consultation, and the service is confidential. The employer must make a commitment to correct imminent dangers and other serious job safety and health hazards in a timely manner.

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