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The Indiana Occupational Safety and Health Administration (IOSHA) is dedicated to ensuring Hoosier workplace safety and health. To be successful, IOSHA will improve workplace safety and health for all Indiana workers by reducing hazards and exposures in the workplace environment that result in occupational injuries, illnesses, and fatalities. IOSHA works to change workplace culture to increase employer and worker awareness of, commitment to, and involvement in workplace safety and health while securing public confidence through excellence in the development and delivery of our programs and services.

The Indiana Occupational Safety and Health program is administered by the Indiana Department of Labor. IOSHA is responsible for enforcement of workplace safety and health regulations for most private and public employers. The Department of Labor is also home to INSafe which conducts consultative programs for Indiana businesses and public entities upon request. The Indiana Plan was granted final state plan approval on September 26, 1986.

Management of the IOSHA program is the responsibility of the Deputy Commissioner for IOSHA. The Deputy Commissioner of IOSHA is assisted by two Directors (Industry and Construction) and multiple Supervisors that handle the day to day workload.


IOSHA applies to all places of employment in the State, with the exception of Federal Government employees, the United States Postal Service (USPS), private sector maritime, and certain agricultural related operations (the field sanitation standard and temporary labor camps), which are subject to Federal OSHA jurisdiction. See 29 CFR 1952.324.

Regulations and Standards

Indiana OSHA adopts Federal OSHA regulations and standards identically.

Enforcement Programs

The General Industry division conducts safety and health inspections in all places of employment within the State of Indiana with the exception of those covered by the Construction Safety Division. Indiana OSHA conducts inspections in accordance with established priorities including reports of imminent dangers, fatalities and catastrophes, and complaints from employees or their representatives, and referrals from other agencies. In addition, Indiana OSHA conducts unannounced inspections of private and public sector general industry and construction employers in accordance with current enforcement program priorities. The Indiana OSHA program currently has emphasis programs dealing with Petroleum Refining, Combustible Dust, Diacetyl/Microwave Popcorn, and Fall Protection in construction.

Voluntary and Cooperative Programs

The Indiana Department of Labor also administers the INSafe program. This program is consultative in nature and can be initiated only by employer request. By law, business specific information cannot be shared between INSafe and IOSHA. The department has consultants trained in a variety of disciplines. Some Consultants are bilingual. The INSafe works with Indiana's employers, employees, labor unions, professional groups, trade organizations, and others to ensure workplace health and safety. Free INSafe services include group training and seminars, on-site consultations, educational publications and training materials, along with pro-active voluntary health and safety programs designed to bring employers and employees together to create and maintain healthy working environments. The Indiana Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (INSHARP) recognizes smaller employers working towards exemplary safety and health management systems. Companies with fewer than 250 employees on-site, and no more than 500 employees nationwide, are eligible to participate.

The Governor's Workplace Safety Awards recognize the most innovative safety and health initiatives among Indiana's workplaces. Indiana businesses, industrial facilities, individuals, institutions, municipalities, schools, service organizations, trade unions and nonprofit organizations are eligible for this annual recognition.

Indiana's Voluntary Protection Programs, modeled closely after its Federal counterpart, welcomed its first VPP site in 1997. With more than 45 participants at both the Merit and Star levels, Indiana ranks in the top five of state plan states in number of participating sites. Indiana's VPP sites range in size from fewer than 20 employees to more than 8,000. We have participants in industries that span from pharmaceuticals to snack foods and from scrap recycling to the production and processing of seed corn. Indiana eagerly welcomes additional qualified participants.

Policies and Procedures

Indiana OSHA policies and procedures are available in hard copy upon request. IOSHA Information: (317) 232-2655.

Informal Conferences and Appeals

Informal conferences are held with IOSHA Supervisors or Directors in an effort to resolve cases informally. The protocol for timing and handling is identical to the Federal programs.

In those cases that are not resolved through the informal conference process, appeals are heard by the Indiana Board of Safety Review. The enabling legislation for the Board is found at Indiana Code 615 I.A.C. et seq. This is an independent Administrative Review Board domiciled within the Department of Labor. The Board's case work is governed by the Indiana Administrative Orders and Procedures Act (AOPA) which can be found at Indiana Code I.C. 4-21.5-3.

Other Resources

Indiana Department of Labor

Contact Information

Indiana Department of Labor
  • 402 West Washington Street
  • Room W-195
  • Indianapolis, IN 46204
  • Rick J. Ruble, Commissioner of Labor
  • (317) 232-2693
  • (317) 233-3790
  • Commissioner of Labor

Indiana OSHA (IOSHA)
  • Tim Maley, Deputy Commissioner of Labor for Indiana OSHA
  • (317) 233-3605
  • Tim Maley
  • Michelle Ellison, Deputy Commissioner for INSafe (Consultative Programs)
  • Michelle Ellison


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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