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 state and local government and private sector workplaces in the state, with the exception of federal government workers. Federal government workers, including those employed by the United States Postal Service, private sector maritime workers 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 workers 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 state and local government and private sector workerplace operations. AKOSH has adopted most OSHA standards by reference. There are two state-specific standards in effect at this time:
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, worker 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 - both state and local government and private sector - 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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