Utah Occupational Safety and Health (Utah OSHA) is part of Utah's Labor Commission. There is one Utah OSHA office that covers the entire state, and it is centrally located in Salt Lake City, Utah.
The Utah State Plan applies to all state and local government and private sector workplaces in the state, with the exception of federal employees; the United States Postal Service; private sector maritime; Hill Air Force Base; Tooele Army Depot, which includes the Tooele Chemical Demilitarization Facility; and certain agricultural related operations (field sanitation and temporary labor camps) which are subject to OSHA jurisdiction.
While Utah adopts most federal standards identically, the state periodically supplements federal standards with additional requirements. These supplements are placed in the Utah Administrative Code, Title R614, and additional information can be found at the Utah State Plan website.
Utah has unique standards in the following areas:
Utah OSHA Compliance is responsible for the enforcement of Utah OSHA safety and health standards. The Utah OSHA Field Operation Manual and Policy and Procedures Manual provide guidance for the enforcement program. Compliance officers inspect workplaces for hazardous conditions and issue citations where violations of Utah OSHA regulations are found. Inspections may be the result of: regular scheduling, imminent danger reports, fatalities, accidents, employee complaints or referrals. Inspections in Utah are scheduled using Industrial Accidents data and Emphasis Programs. More information on enforcement in Utah can be found on the Utah State Plan website.
Utah OSHA offers voluntary and cooperative programs that focus on reducing worker injuries, illnesses, and fatalities. Utah OSHA also offers on-site consultation services which help employers comply with Utah OSHA standards and identify and correct potential safety and health hazards. These consultation services are offered without citations or penalties, at no cost to private employers with 250 or fewer Utah employees, as well as to state and local government entities. These services are confidential and offered only at the employer's request. For more information about these programs and other services available, please visit the Utah State Plan website.
Informal conferences are conducted in the Utah OSHA office in an effort to resolve contested cases. Employers in Utah have thirty days to submit a written notification to the Adjudication Division of their intent to contest citations and/or penalties. Cases are assigned to an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ). Appealed decisions of the ALJ automatically move forward to the Commissioner unless the appeal is requested to be heard before the Labor Commission Appeals Board.
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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