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Iowa State Plan

Iowa State Plan

Iowa State Plan

[Iowa State Plan Website]
  • Initial Approval: July 12, 1973
  • State Plan Certification: September 14, 1976
  • 18(e) Final Approval: July 02, 1985

The Iowa Occupational Safety and Health part of the Iowa Division of Labor Services. The main office is located in Des Moines, Iowa.


The Iowa State Plan applies to all state and local government and private sector workplaces in the state with the exception of: private sector maritime activities, marine terminals, and longshoring; federal government-owned and contractor-operated military facilities; bridge construction projects spanning the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers between Iowa and other states; federal government workplaces and workers; and the United States Postal Service (which all fall under OSHA jurisdiction).

Unique State Plan Standards and Regulations

State Plans must set workplace safety and health standards that are "at least as effective" as OSHA standards. State Plans may promulgate standards that are more stringent than the comparable federal standards or promulgate standards covering hazards not addressed by federal standards.

Iowa OSHA has a number of state-specific standards:

  • Sanitation and Shelter Rules for Railroad Employees
  • Hazardous Chemical Risks Right to Know - General Provisions
  • Community Right to Know
  • Public Safety/Emergency Response Right to Know
  • Asbestos Removal and Encapsulation
Enforcement Programs

Iowa OSHA compliance officers are responsible for the enforcement of Iowa OSHA's workplace safety and health standards. They inspect workplaces for hazardous conditions that threaten the safety or health of workers and issue citations where violations of Iowa OSHA regulations are identified. Inspections may be the result of regular scheduling, imminent danger reports, fatalities, and employee complaints or referrals. More information on enforcement in Iowa can be found on the Iowa State Plan website.

Voluntary and Cooperative Programs

Iowa OSHA offers voluntary and cooperative programs focused on reducing injuries, illnesses, and fatalities. On-site consultation services are also available which help employers – both state and local government and private – comply with Iowa OSHA or OSHA standards and identify and correct potential safety and health hazards. For more information on these programs, please visit the Iowa State Plan website.

Informal Conferences and Appeals

A three-member Employment Appeal Board is appointed by the governor to represent employers, workers, and the general public. The board serves as an independent administrative adjudicatory body to hear contests of citations, penalties, and abatement periods issued by Iowa OSHA. For more information on these proceedings, please visit the Iowa State Plan website.

Contact Information

Iowa Division of Labor Services
  • 1000 E Grand Avenue
  • Des Moines, Iowa 50319-0209
  • (515) 242-5870
  • (515) 281-7995

  • Michael A. Mauro, Labor Commissioner
  • (515) 281-3447
Iowa Occupational Safety and Health Enforcement
  • Jens Nissen, IOSH Administrator
  • (515) 281-3122
  • (515) 281-7995
IOSH Consultation & Education
  • Joseph Mullen, Project Manager
  • (515) 281-0593
  • Report fatalities and catastrophes in Iowa
  • (877) 242-6742


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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