Utah OSHA laws & HR compliance analysis

Utah 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 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.
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Utah is among the “state-plan” states, which means it has received federal approval for its state regulatory program, the Utah Occupational Safety and Health Act (UT Code Sec. 34A-6-101et seq.; UT Admin. Code Sec. R614-1-1et seq.), governing both private and public workplaces. The Utah Labor Commission, Occupational Safety and Health Division (UOSH), administers the Act. Utah has adopted many of the federal standards by reference, and has adopted stricter requirements applicable to emergency preparedness, machine guarding, material handling, personal protective equipment (PPE), process safety management (PSM), and recording/reporting injuries and illnesses. There is additional information and a discussion of the federal standards.
Emergency preparedness. The state has adopted its own requirements for flammable solids and safety precautions for explosives manufacturing and processing facilities (UT Admin. Code Sec. R614-4-7).
Machine guarding. Utah has adopted additional regulations for crushing, screening, and grinding equipment (UT Admin. Code Sec. R614-6-1).
Material handling. The state adopted its own warning system requirements for hydraulic ...

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