Alaska OSHA laws & safety compliance analysis

Alaska OSHA : What you need to know

• Rules. Alaska is a "state-plan" state, which means it has its own federally approved occupational safety and health regulatory program. State law governs occupational safety and health in both the public and private sector workplaces, except for domestic employment and mines. Alaska has adopted most of the federal safety and health standards by reference and has added several state-specific requirements that are stricter for confined spaces, electrical systems, hazard communication, reporting of employee injuries that result in hospitalization, lockout/tagout, personal protective equipment (PPE), and a written safety and loss control plan for self-insured employers.

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• Administration and enforcement. AKOSH administers and enforces safety and health requirements in private and public sector workplaces. DWC administers the workers' compensation safety and health plan requirements.


AKOSH protects workers from occupational hazards by regulating employers through its occupational safety and health rules.

The Enforcement Section performs inspections on the basis of complaints and targeted programs and issues monetary citations for serious violations of standards.

An employer may challenge the validity of citations or penalties through the AKOSH Review Board.

AKOSH certifies training courses for asbestos abatement workers, explosive handlers, and persons who apply hazardous paint.

The agency protects the general public through its elevator, amusement ride, aerial tramway, ski lift, and pressure vessel inspection programs.

AS 18.60.105

Any employer that has one or more employees, including state, county, and local governments or ...

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