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About the Arizona State Plan
The State of Arizona, under an agreement with OSHA, operates an occupational safety and health program in accordance with Section 18 of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970. Initial approval of the Arizona State Plan was published on November 5, 1974 and, and final approval was published on June 20, 1985.
The Arizona State Plan is administered by the Industrial Commission of Arizona (ICA) and within the ICA, the Arizona Division of Occupational Safety and Health (ADOSH) is responsible for enforcement and voluntary compliance.
ADOSH is headquartered in Phoenix and has offices in Phoenix and Tucson.
The Arizona State Plan applies to all public and private sector places of employment in the State, with the exception of Federal employees, the United States Postal Service (USPS), private sector maritime, employment on Indian Lands, areas of exclusive Federal jurisdiction; copper smelters, and concrete and asphalt batch plants that are physically located within mine property, which are subject to Federal jurisdiction. See 29 CFR 1952.355.
Regulations and Standards
Arizona adopts federal OSHA standards by reference and enforces OSHA standards contained within 29 CFR, parts 1910 (General Industry), 1926 (Construction) and 1928 (Agriculture). In addition, there are a few requirements that are unique to Arizona, including prohibition on the use of the short-handled hoe in agriculture work and the use of PVC pipe to transport compressed gasses, including air. Information on Arizona's standards and regulations are available at the Arizona Secretary of State Website.
ADOSH's compliance activities consist of conducting unannounced inspections of workplaces throughout Arizona to determine whether employers are complying with the Occupational Safety and Health Act and standards. Inspections may be the result of a work-related accident, a complaint, a referral, a planned inspection or a follow-up to ensure that previously cited serious, repeat or willful violations have been corrected.
Voluntary and Cooperative Programs
ADOSH offers voluntary and cooperative programs such as the Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP) and the Voluntary Protection Program (VPP). Information on Arizona's programs are available at the ADOSH Website.
The Arizona Consultation and Training Section provides assistance to private and public employers through on-site safety and health consultative surveys, telephone support, publications and educational outreach. The consultative surveys include the identification of hazardous working conditions, program evaluations, industrial hygiene monitoring, and informal training. ADOSH Consultation offers a wide variety of compliance assistance materials such as the ADOSH poster, ADOSH newsletter, Video Lending Library, Publications and Brochures. In addition, they offer extensive training throughout the state to employers and employees on a variety of safety and health topics. Check the ADOSH Consultation and Training Page for the latest training schedule or call the phone number listed in the contact section.
Policies and Procedures
ADOSH follows a Field Inspection Reference Manual (FIRM) similar to the federal FIRM which provides policy guidance for its enforcement program. Penalties proposed by ADOSH are reviewed by the Commissioners of the Industrial Commission before they are issued. The Commission is made up of five Commissioners appointed by the Governor.
Informal Conferences and Appeals
Pursuant to Arizona Administrative Code (A.A.C.) R20-5-626, the employer, any affected employee or the employee representative many request an informal conference.
Disputes of citations issued by ADOSH are heard by the Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) Division and a written decision is issued at the conclusion of the hearing process. Their decisions are appealable to the ADOSH Review Board and from there to the Arizona Court of Appeals. Full-time administrative law judges (ALJ) are employed in Phoenix and Tucson.
Contact the ALJ office for hearing information: