South Dakota OSHA laws & HR compliance analysis

South Dakota OSHA: What you need to know

The federal Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act) is “preemptive”; that is, it overrides state work safety and health laws and regulations for the private sector. If an individual state wishes to enact its own work safety laws for private sector employees, it must have federal approval, and its state plan must be at least as stringent as the federal Act.
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South Dakota does not have an approved occupational safety and health plan; therefore, in the private sector workplace, the OSH Act prevails and governs health and safety.
South Dakota State University's Engineering Extension provides free safety and health program assistance to employers, especially those in smaller businesses (under 250 employees per facility and 500 worldwide). Extension 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 employer's obligation in accepting these services is to correct all hazards identified by the consultant within a reasonable period.
Training and education. Consultants will train employers and employees on a wide range of health and safety topics, including regulatory requirements, as well as provide speakers for workshops, seminars, and meetings. The Extension ...

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