Iowa Occupational Safety and Health is part of the Iowa Division of Labor Services in the Department of Workforce Development. The main office is located in Des Moines.
The Iowa State Plan applies to all private sector workplaces in the state with the exception of:
The Iowa 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 Iowa Plan except for the enforcement of the field sanitation and temporary labor camp standards 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 (“OSH Act”), Section 11(c), 29 USC 660(c), with respect to private sector and United States Postal Service employment. A brief summary of the Iowa State Plan is included in the Code of Federal Regulations at 29 CFR 1952.6. 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.
Iowa OSHA has adopted OSHA’s standards. In addition, it has state-specific standards including:
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 standards are identified. Inspections may be the result of regular scheduling, imminent danger reports, fatalities, and worker complaints or referrals. Iowa OSHA also enforces a whistleblower provision similar to section 11(c) of the OSH Act. 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 state and local government and private – comply with Iowa OSHA and 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.
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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