The Illinois Occupational Safety and Health Administration (Illinois OSHA) is part of the Illinois Department of Labor (IDOL). The main office is located in Springfield.
Illinois OSHA covers all state and local government workers in the state. It does not cover federal government workers. Federal government workers, including those employed by the United States Postal Service and civilian workers on military bases, are covered by federal OSHA which also exercises authority over private sector workers in the state. A brief summary of the Illinois State Plan is included in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) at 29 CFR 1952.27. Federal OSHA retains the authority to promulgate, modify, or revoke occupational safety and health standards under Section 6 of the OSH Act. In the event that federal OSHA resumes enforcement, those federal standards will be enforced. Federal OSHA also retains the authority to monitor the State Plan under Section 18(f) of the OSH Act.
Illinois OSHA has adopted all OSHA standards in 29 CFR Parts 1910 (general industry), 1915 (shipyards), and 1926 (construction). In addition, Illinois OSHA has a unique recordkeeping rule that is applicable to all state and local government employers in Illinois.
Illinois OSHA is responsible for the enforcement of occupational safety and health standards and its compliance officers inspect workplaces. Citations are issued where violations of standards are identified. Inspections may be the result of regular scheduling, imminent danger reports, fatalities, worker complaints, or referrals. More information on enforcement in Illinois can be found on the Illinois State Plan website.
The Illinois On-Site Safety and Health Consultation Program offers voluntary and cooperative programs for private sector and state and local government employers focused on reducing injuries, illnesses, and fatalities. The program also offers on-site consultation services which help employers – both state and local government and private – comply with OSHA standards and identify and correct potential safety and health hazards. For more information, please visit the Illinois State Plan website.
Illinois OSHA personnel conduct informal conferences in an effort to resolve contested cases. IDOL administrative law judges hear and rule on contests to citations, notifications, and penalties issued by Illinois OSHA. For more information, please visit the Illinois State Plan website.
OSHA makes every effort to ensure that this webpage is accurate and up-to-date; however, for the latest information please contact the State Plan directly.
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