The Indiana Occupational Safety and Health Administration (IOSHA) is part of the Indiana Department of Labor. The main office is located in Indianapolis.
The Indiana State Plan applies to all private sector workplaces in the state with the following exceptions:
The Indiana State Plan also applies to state and local government employers. It does not apply to federal government employers including the United States Postal Service. Federal OSHA covers the issues not covered by the Indiana Plan except for the enforcement of the field sanitation and temporary labor camp standards, as described above, which is the responsibility of the Wage-Hour Division of the U.S. Department of Labor. In addition, federal OSHA enforces the anti-retaliation provision of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, Section 11(c), 29 USC 660(c), with respect to private sector and United States Postal Service employment. A brief summary of the Indiana State Plan is included in the Code of Federal Regulations at 29 CFR 1952.17. 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.
IOSHA adopts all OSHA standards and regulations except it has a unique excavations standard.
The Industrial Compliance Division of IOSHA conducts safety and health inspections in all places of employment within the State of Indiana with the exception of those covered by IOSHA’s Construction Safety Division. IOSHA conducts inspections in accordance with established priorities including reports of imminent dangers, fatalities and catastrophes, and complaints from workers or their representatives, and referrals from other agencies. IOSHA’s Whistleblower Protection Unit enforces the whistleblower protection provision of the Indiana Occupational Safety and Health Act. In addition, IOSHA conducts unannounced inspections of private sector and state and local government general industry and construction employers in accordance with current enforcement program priorities. For more information, please visit the Indiana State Plan website.
IOSHA offers voluntary and cooperative programs that focus on reducing injuries, illnesses, and fatalities. IOSHA also offers on-site consultation services which help employers comply with IOSHA standards and identify and correct potential safety and health hazards. For more information on these programs, please visit the Indiana State Plan website.
IOSHA management personnel conduct informal conferences in an effort to resolve cases. Petitions for review of safety orders and proposed penalties may be filed with the Board of Safety Review, an independent board within the Indiana Department of Labor. For more information, please visit the Indiana 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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