Trade News Release
Monday, June 5, 2000
Contact: Susan Hall Fleming
PHONE: (202) 693-1999
FEDERAL OSHA RETAINS COVERAGE OF U.S. POSTAL SERVICE IN ALL STATES
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration, rather than states that run their own OSHA programs, will continue to cover the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) and postal workers in every state, OSHA announced today.
All 23 states that cover private sector employers through their own OSHA programs have chosen not to include postal coverage in their plans, according to updated state plans to be published in the Federal Register tomorrow.
The USPS came under OSHA jurisdiction Sept. 29, 1998, following enactment of the Postal Employees Safety Enhancement Act of 1998. That law specifically provided states the opportunity to exercise jurisdiction over the USPS by amending their plans; however, all states declined to do so.
Tomorrow's Federal Register notice also contains other technical corrections to state plans including providing uniform language on maritime coverage and affirming federal coverage of military bases in Washington and Indian Reservations in Oregon.
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