OSHA Releases Reports on State Run Occupational Health and Safety Programs

OSHA announced this week that it had concluded a study of health and safety programs in 25 states and territories. You can read the reports for each state by clicking on the links below. According the press release, states have 30 days to respond to OSHA's findings and recommendations.

In addition to inadequacies, the reports "identified areas where states have adopted standards and procedures exceeding federal OSHA's requirements, such as injury and illness prevention programs in California, Washington, Oregon, Minnesota and other states; the adoption of a cranes and derricks rule prior to OSHA's in North Carolina, Washington and Maryland; and Oregon's requirement that employers abate serious workplace violations during the contest period, a legal tool under consideration in Congress but still lacking in federal OSHA."

Some states, like Hawaii, have significant problems, and OSHA recognized the role budget constraints have played in crippling many state's efforts to carry out their mission. States determined to be unable to uphold OSHA's standards could see Federal takeover of their programs.