The plan identifies the Bureau of Labor as the State agency designated to administer the plan
throughout the State. Its responsibilities include both occupational safety and occupational health, the latter on a developmental basis. The plan
defines the covered occupational safety and health issues as defined by the Secretary of Labor in 29 CFR 1902.2(c)(i). Under existing occupational
safety and health legislation, effective July 1, 1972, Iowa has adopted as interim standards all the occupational safety and health standards and
amendments thereto which had been promulgated by the Secretary of Labor, except those found in 29 CFR Parts 1915, 1916, 1917 and 1918 (Ship repairing,
ship building, ship breaking and longshoring). Hearings have been held on the adoption, as permanent standards, of the standards in 29 CFR Parts 1910
and 1926. Under its existing legislation, the Bureau of Labor has exercised statewide inspection authority to enforce State standards which are
identical to Federal standards. The legislation covers all employers including the State and its political subdivisions and gives the Iowa Bureau of
Labor full authority to administer and enforce all laws, rules, and orders protecting employee safety and health in all places of employment in the
The legislation contains procedures for the promulgation of standards, including standards for the
prompt protection of employees against new and unforeseen hazards; furnishing information to employees on hazards, precautions, symptoms, and
emergency treatment; procedures for granting temporary and permanent variances; and for the protection of employees from hazards. The law provides for
inspections including inspections in response to complaints; ensures employer and employee representatives an opportunity to accompany inspectors and
call attention to possible violations before, during and after inspections; protection of employees against discharge or discrimination in terms or
conditions of employment through court suits brought by the Bureau of Labor; notice to employees of their protections and obligations under the State
law; imminent danger abatement through court injunctions; safeguards to protect trade secrets; prompt notice to employers and employees of alleged
violations of standards and abatement requirements; effective sanctions against employers; employer right to review of alleged violations, abatement
periods, and proposed penalties with an opportunity for employee participation as parties; and employee review of any citation issued to the employee,
in review proceedings before the independent Review Commission.
The plan is developmental in the establishment of a compliance program for agriculture, mercantile
and service employees; development of an occupational health program; developing a management information system; and hiring and training of staff
under the existing State merit system.
Included in the plan is a statement of the Governor's support for the plan and a statement of legal
opinion that the legislation will meet the requirements of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 and is consistent with the Constitution and
laws of Iowa. The plan sets out goals and provides a timetable for bringing it into full conformity with Part 1902 at the end of three years after the
commencement of operations under the plan.
The plan includes the following documents as of the date of approval:
The plan document with appendices;
Letters from Jerry L. Addy, Commissioner of Labor, dated January 2, 1973, and March 21, 1973, with
clarifications and modifications of the plan;
Iowa has also submitted the following regulations adopted by the State:
Chapter 3 of the Iowa Bureau of Labor Administrative Rules dealing with inspections, citations,
and proposed penalties, adopted July 25, 1972;
Chapter 4 of the Iowa Bureau of Labor Administrative Rules dealing with recording and reporting
occupational injuries and illnesses adopted July 11, 1973, and amended July 25, 1972;
Chapter 5 of the Iowa Bureau of Labor Administrative Rules dealing with rules of practice for
variances, limitations, variations, tolerances, and exemptions adopted July 25, 1972, and amended October 5, 1972.
These adopted rules and regulations which were not part of the plan as originally submitted will be evaluated in accordance with the
review of completions of developmental steps in State plans.
[37 FR 19370, July 20, 1973, as amended at 50 FR 27243, July 2, 1985]