The Iowa Occupational Safety and Health part of the Iowa Division of Labor Services. Its main office is located in Des Moines, Iowa.
The Iowa State Plan applies to all public 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 employers and employees; and the United States Postal Service (these fall under OSHA jurisdiction).
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:
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.
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 public 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.
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.
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