Occupational Safety and Health Div.
350 Winter Street NE, Rm. 430
Salem, Oregon 97301-3882
FAX (503) 947-7461
Bureau of Safety and Regulations
7150 Harris Drive, PO Box 30015
Lansing, MI 48909
FAX (517) 322-1775
Division of Labor & Industry
1100 N Estaw St, Rm. 606
Baltimore, Maryland 21201
FAX (410) 767-2986
|August 28, 2002
The Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 establishes OSHA on the federal level and provides
that states may elect to run their own occupational safety and health programs as long as those
programs are at least as effective as the federal program. Twenty-one states and two territories
covering both the private and public sectors plus three additional states that only cover the
public sector are approved by OSHA, under the OSH Act.
The Occupational Safety and Health State Plan Association (OSHSPA) is an association comprised of
states which have opted to run their own occupational safety and health programs. OSHSPA assists
member states in carrying out their obligations under the OSH Act and serves as a communications
link among members states and between the member states and the federal government.
The states and territories have frequently led the way in developing innovative approaches to
making America's workplaces safer and healthier. California and Washington have developed the
first ergonomic standards in the nation.
During the past year in the wake of September 11 attack on the World Trade Center, states sent
trained employees to New York City to help with a variety of tasks surrounding the clean-up
effort. These employees monitored the air, sampled various substances, helped to fit respirators,
and performed numerous other functions to assist with this massive effort.
On the following pages, we describe the innovative approaches to creative partnerships, outreach
and education, voluntary compliance, inspection targeting and settlement agreements, which have
been developed by the states. If you have questions, which have not been addressed, I urge you to
call or write.