Arizona OSHA laws & safety compliance analysis

Arizona OSHA : What you need to know

Rules. The state has adopted the federal workplace safety and health rules for general industry by reference. Arizona is a “state plan” state; that is, it has its own federally approved occupational safety and health program. Consequently, AOSHA governs workplace safety and health in both the public and private sectors. Only domestic employees working at the employer’s residence are excluded.

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Administration and enforcement. ADOSH administers and enforces occupational safety and health requirements in public and private sector workplaces.


Free on-site consultation and assistance is available to Arizona employers in identifying and correcting specific hazards, as well as developing and implementing injury and illness prevention programs and training and education services. These services are completely separate from ADOSH’s enforcement arm, and ADOSH ensures employers that their name, firm name, and any other information about their workplace will not be routinely addressed to the ADOSH inspection staff. Call 602-542-1769 in Phoenix or 520-628-5478 in Tucson for more information about the consultation services.


Like the federal program, Arizona’s VPP provides official recognition of exceptional safety and health programs, help in achieving higher levels of safety and health, and a cooperative approach to addressing potential safety and health problems. Unlike the federal program, the state provides VPP recognition only at the “Star Program” level. For information on the federal VPP, see the national section OSHA.

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