The Alaska Occupational Safety and Health Administration (AKOSH) is part of the Department of Labor. The two main offices are located in Anchorage, Alaska and Juneau, Alaska.
The Alaska State Plan applies to all public and private sector places of employment in the state, with the exception of federal government employees. Federal government employees, including those employed by the United States Postal Service, private sector maritime employers such as shipyards, floating seafood processors, and long shoring; offshore oil platforms and production facilities; certain Indian Health Service hospitals and clinics; and all private and federal sector employment within the National Parks and a series of missile defense bases, are covered by OSHA.
AKOSH has adopted all OSHA standards that would relate to public and private sector employer operations. AKOSH incorporates federal standards by reference. Therefore, the state and federal standards are identical. AKOSH has adopted the following unique standards:
AKOSH compliance is responsible for the enforcement of Alaska OSHA safety and health standards. AKOSH utilizes the Field Inspection Reference Manual (FIRM) to provide guidance for the enforcement program. Compliance officers inspect workplaces for hazardous conditions and issue citations where violations of AKOSH regulations are found. Inspections may be the result of: regular scheduling, imminent danger reports, fatalities, employee complaints or referrals. More information on enforcement in Alaska can be found on the Alaska State Plan website.
AKOSH offers voluntary and cooperative programs focused on reducing injuries, illnesses, and fatalities. AKOSH also offers on-site consultation services which help employers comply with AKOSH standards and identify and correct potential safety and health hazards. For more information on these programs, please visit the Alaska State Plan website.
AKOSH management personnel conduct informal conferences in an effort to resolve contested cases. The Alaska Occupational Safety and Health Review Board hears and rules on appeals from citations, notifications and penalties issued by Alaska OSHA's enforcement unit.
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.
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