Indiana Safety and Health laws & HR compliance analysis

Indiana Safety and Health: What you need to know

The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has concluded that effective management of worker safety and health will result in reducing the extent and the severity of work-related injuries and illnesses. The four basic elements of an effective safety management program are:
• Management leadership and employee involvement
• Hazard analysis
• Prevention and control
• Employee training
The agency believes that effective management will address all work-related hazards, including potential hazards that could result from a change in worksite conditions or practices. Effective management will address hazards whether or not they are regulated by government standards.
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Indiana has enacted its own Indiana Occupational Safety and Health Act (IOSH Act), which has been approved by the federal OSHA (IN Code Sec. 22-8-1.1et seq.). Therefore, it is a “state-plan” state, with authority to administer and enforce its own state job safety and health laws. Indiana OSHA has adopted the standards of federal OSHA in their entirety. The state rules are administered by Indiana's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (IOSHA).
There is additional information and details about the federal OSH Act..
Federal OSHA's experience with its VPP has shown that effective management of safety and health protection improves employee morale and productivity, and significantly reduces workers' compensation costs and other less obvious costs of work-related injuries and illnesses. In the VPP, OSHA partners with employers and employees to establish safety programs that go beyond the minimum requirements of the federal safety rules. According to OSHA, VPP sites generally ...

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