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Indiana Department of Labor|
402 West Washington Street
Indianapolis, IN. 46204
PH: (317) 232-2378
Fax: (317) 233-3790
Sean Keefer, Commissioner of Labor
Indiana OSHA (IOSHA)
Tim Maley, Deputy Commissioner of Labor for Indiana OSHA
PH: (317) 233-3605
Michelle Ellison, Deputy Commissioner for INSafe (Consultative Programs)
About the Indiana State Plan
The Indiana Occupational Safety and Health Administration (IOSHA) is
dedicated to ensuring Hoosier workplace safety and health. To be
successful, IOSHA will improve workplace safety and health for all
Indiana workers by reducing hazards and exposures in the workplace
environment that result in occupational injuries, illnesses, and
fatalities. IOSHA works to change workplace culture to increase
employer and worker awareness of, commitment to, and involvement in
workplace safety and health while securing public confidence through
excellence in the development and delivery of our programs and
The Indiana Occupational Safety and Health program is administered
by the Indiana Department of Labor. IOSHA is responsible for
enforcement of workplace safety and health regulations for most
private and public employers. The Department of Labor is also home to INSafe which conducts consultative programs for Indiana businesses
and public entities upon request. The Indiana Plan was granted final
state plan approval on September 26, 1986.
Management of the IOSHA program is the responsibility of the Deputy
Commissioner for IOSHA. The Deputy Commissioner of IOSHA is assisted
by two Directors (Industry and Construction) and multiple
Supervisors that handle the day to day workload.
IOSHA applies to all places of employment in the State, with the
exception of Federal Government employees, the United States Postal
Service (USPS), private sector maritime, and certain agricultural
related operations (the field sanitation standard and temporary
labor camps), which are subject to Federal OSHA jurisdiction.
See 29 CFR 1952.324.
Regulations and Standards
Indiana OSHA adopts Federal OSHA
regulations and standards
The General Industry division conducts safety and health inspections
in all places of employment within the State of Indiana with the
exception of those covered by the Construction Safety Division.
Indiana OSHA conducts inspections in accordance with established
priorities including reports of imminent dangers, fatalities and
catastrophes, and complaints from employees or their
representatives, and referrals from other agencies. In addition,
Indiana OSHA conducts unannounced inspections of private and public
sector general industry and construction employers in accordance
with current enforcement program priorities. The Indiana OSHA
program currently has emphasis programs dealing with Petroleum
Refining, Combustible Dust, Diacetyl/Microwave Popcorn, and Fall
Protection in construction.
Voluntary and Cooperative Programs
The Indiana Department of Labor also administers the
This program is consultative in nature and can be initiated only by
employer request. By law, business specific information cannot be
shared between INSafe and IOSHA. The department has consultants
trained in a variety of disciplines. Some Consultants are bilingual.
The INSafe works with Indiana's employers, employees, labor unions,
professional groups, trade organizations, and others to ensure
workplace health and safety. Free INSafe services include group
training and seminars, on-site consultations, educational
publications and training materials, along with pro-active voluntary
health and safety programs designed to bring employers and employees
together to create and maintain healthy working environments. The
Indiana Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (INSHARP)
recognizes smaller employers working towards exemplary safety and
health management systems. Companies with fewer than 250 employees
on-site, and no more than 500 employees nationwide, are eligible to
Governor's Workplace Safety Awards recognize the most innovative
safety and health initiatives among Indiana's workplaces. Indiana
businesses, industrial facilities, individuals, institutions,
municipalities, schools, service organizations, trade unions and
nonprofit organizations are eligible for this annual recognition.
Indiana's Voluntary Protection Programs, modeled closely after its
Federal counterpart, welcomed its first VPP site in 1997. With more
than 45 participants at both the Merit and Star levels, Indiana
ranks in the top five of state plan states in number of
participating sites. Indiana's VPP sites range in size from fewer
than 20 employees to more than 8,000. We have participants in
industries that span from pharmaceuticals to snack foods and from
scrap recycling to the production and processing of seed corn.
Indiana eagerly welcomes additional qualified participants.
Policies and Procedures
Indiana OSHA policies and procedures are available in hard copy upon
request. IOSHA Information: (317) 232-2655.
Informal Conferences and Appeals
Informal conferences are held with IOSHA Supervisors or Directors in
an effort to resolve cases informally. The protocol for timing and
handling is identical to the Federal programs.
In those cases that are not resolved through the informal conference
process, appeals are heard by the Indiana
Board of Safety Review.
The enabling legislation for the Board is found at
Indiana Code 615 I.A.C. et seq. This is an independent Administrative Review Board
domiciled within the Department of Labor. The Board's case work is
governed by the Indiana Administrative Orders and Procedures Act (AOPA)
which can be found at
Indiana Code I.C. 4-21.5-3.
Indiana Department of Labor
OSHA makes every effort to ensure that the information on this page is accurate and up to date, but
changes in state law and procedures affecting the information on this page are beyond OSHA's
control. Contact state program staff directly to verify important information.