Wisconsin OSHA laws & HR compliance analysis

Wisconsin 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. Wisconsin 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.
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Wisconsin has adopted safety and health statutes that regulate public (state, county, and local government offices and school districts) sector workplaces (WI Stat. Sec. 101.055et seq.). The state has adopted the federal safety and health rules by reference and adopted injury and illness reporting and hazard communication (worker right-to-know) requirements for public sector workplaces that are stricter than federal standards. The state law is administered by the Department of Safety and Professional Services/Safety and Buildings Division. See the for information about the state public sector requirements. See the for information about the federal private sector requirements.
Wisconsin provides a voluntary safety and health consultation service (WiSCon Program) to interested employers in the state. The WiSCon Program will help companies with:
• Managing their safety and health program
• Recognizing and correcting safety and health hazards
• Staying current on new standards
• Improving the attractiveness of a company to potential employees
The WiSCon Program does not charge any direct fee, and no citations or ...

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