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State and local government workers
are excluded from Federal coverage under the Occupational
Safety and Health Act of 1970 (the "OSH Act"). However, states operating
their own state workplace safety and health programs
under plans approved by the U.S. Department of Labor cover most private
sector workers and are also required to extend their coverage to public
sector (state and local government) workers in the state.
Section 2 (11) of the OSH Act encourages states to develop and operate
their own state OSH programs.
29 CFR Part 1956
State Plans for the Development and Enforcement of State Standards Applicable to State and Local Government Employees In States Without Approved Private Employee Plans
These regulations describe the procedures and requirements for the approval, evaluation, and operation of state public sector only plans.
29 CFR Part 1952
Approved State Plans for Enforcement of State Standards
29 CFR Part 1953
Changes to State Plans for Development and Enforcement of State Standards
29 CFR Part 1954
Procedures for the Evaluation and Monitoring of Approved State Plans
These regulations describe the procedures and requirements for the approval, evaluation, and operation of state plans.
29 CFR Part 1975.5
Coverage of Employees under the Williams-Steiger Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970: States and Political Subdivisions Thereof
This regulation clarifies who is considered to be an employee of a state or political subdivision under the OSH Act.
Outline for the Submission and Review of State Plans
This outline describes the content and format of a state public employee only plan.
"State and Local Government Workers' Occupational Safety and Health Coverage in Federal OSHA States"
[DOL Office of the Inspector General Audit Report No. 05-00-001-10-001 (February 9, 2000)]
This report contains the findings of the Department of Labor Office of the Inspector General's audit of the safety and health coverage provided to state and local government employees in 29 states and territories which do not operate OSHA-approved occupational safety and health programs.
Directory of States with Approved Occupational Safety and Health Plans
This page lists the addresses of all states currently operating OSHA-approved occupational safety and health plans.
Specific descriptions of coverage of public sector employees are available for the following state OSH plans:
These Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations extend OSHA's hazardous waste operations and emergency response standard (29 CFR 1910.120) to state and local government employees engaged in hazardous waste operations in states that do not have an approved state plan.