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[Utah State Plan Website]
About the Utah State Plan
The State of Utah, under agreement with OSHA, operates an
occupational safety and health program in accordance with Section 18
of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970. The Utah state
plan was initially approved on January 10, 1973 and was granted
final state plan approval on July 16, 1985.
Regulations and Standards
State plans must maintain job safety and heath standards that are
"at least as effective as" comparable federal standards. States may
promulgate standards that are more stringent than the comparable
federal standards or promulgate standards covering hazards not
addressed by federal standards.
Utah has several unique vertical state standards for the following
industries which are also located in R614.
Since Utah has opted to have no jurisdiction in maritime industries, the state has not adopted 29 CFR 1915, 1916, 1917, 1918 or a state equivalent.
Utah compliance is responsible for the enforcement of the OSHA and
UOSH safety and health standards. Compliance officers inspect
workplaces for hazardous conditions and issue citations where
violations of OSHA and UOSH 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 web site in the
UOSH Compliance section.
Information can also be obtained by calling (801) 530-6901.
Policies and Procedures
UOSH provides guidance for its enforcement programs through "The Utah Field Operations Manual" (FOM) and the "Policy and Procedures Manual". For more information contact the UOSH Operations Manager at (801) 530-6901.
Informal Conferences and Appeals
Informal conferences are conducted in the UOSH office in an effort to settle cases proactively. 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. The Labor Commission Appeals Board is composed of three members: one employer, one employee and one undefined member. Each board member is selected by the Governor and serves a six year term. No more than two members can be of the same political affiliation. Decisions by the Board are majority decisions. Appealed decisions of either the Board or the Commissioner are heard in the Utah Court of Appeals.
Utah compliance assistant specialists (CAS) provide a wide variety of outreach programs in English and Spanish as well as newsletters, which are also posted on the UOSH web site.
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.