The Department of Labor is the State agency designated by the Governor to administer the plan
throughout the State. The plan defines the covered occupational safety and health issues as defined by the Secretary of Labor in 1902.2(c)(l) of this
chapter under four major codes for general safety, industrial housing, electrical hazards, and occupational health and environmental controls. The
plan also includes vertical special industry codes for construction, wood products, petroleum, and fishing. Appendix G of the plan contains a
time-table for adoption of the standards beginning with the effective date of the grant approved under section 23(g) of the Act. The timetable
requires from 6 to 36 months for completion of the standard-setting process with most of the standards to be adopted within 6 months of the effective
date of the grant.
The plan included draft legislation which has been passed by the State legislature and signed by the
Governor amending Chapter 18 of the Alaska Statutes. Under the legislation, effective July 24, 1973, the Department of Labor has full authority to
enforce and administer laws respecting safety and health of employees in all workplaces of the State, including coverage of public employees, with the
exceptions of maritime workers in the area of exclusive Federal jurisdiction; employees of the United States; employees protected by State agencies
under the Atomic Energy Act of 1954, (42 U.S.C. 2021); and employees whose working conditions are regulated by Federal agencies other than the U.S.
Department of Labor under the provisions of section 4(b)(1) of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970. (84 Stat. 1592, 29 U.S.C.
The legislation brings the plan into conformity with the requirements of Part 1902 of this chapter
in areas such as procedures for granting or denying permanent and temporary variances to standards by the Commissioner; protection of employees from
hazards; promulgation of standards by the Commissioner prescribing requirements "at least as effective" as the requirements for Federal Standards
including medical examinations and monitoring and measuring of hazards; imminent danger abatement by administrative order and court injunction;
protection of employees against discharge or discrimination in terms or conditions of employment by filing complaints with the Commissioner who will
seek court action through the State Attorney General; and adequate safeguards to protect trade secrets.
The legislation provides for inspections, including inspections in response to complaints; gives
employers and employee representatives an opportunity to accompany inspectors in order to aid inspections and provides for payment to employees for
time spent in aiding an inspection; notification of employees or their representatives when no compliance action is taken as a result of an alleged
violation, including informal review; notification of employees of their protections and obligations through legislative requirements on posting;
provision for prompt notice to employers and employees of alleged violations of standards, and abatement requirements, through the issuance and
posting of citations; a system of sanctions against employers for violations of standards; employer right of review to the Occupational Safety and
Health Review Board; and employee participation in the review procedure with compensation for time spent by the employee.
Included in the plan is a statement of legal opinion that the law, which was supported by the Governor
in accordance with the requirements of Part 1902 of this chapter, is consistent with the Constitution and laws of Alaska. The plan sets out goals and
provides a timetable for bringing it into full conformity with Part 1902 of this chapter at the end of three years after commencement of operations
under the plan. Personnel will be employed under the existing State merit system and the voluntary compliance program for on-site consultation meets
the conditions set forth in the Washington decision (38 FR 2421). The plan also includes the State Administrative Procedure Act which authorizes the
Commissioner to promulgate emergency temporary standards and issue rules and regulations necessary for the implementation of the safety and health
The plan includes the following documents as of the date of approval:
The plan document and appendices A through V.
Alaska legislation as enacted amending Chapter 18 of the Alaska Statutes.
Letters from the Commissioner of Labor dated May 25, 1973, June 15, 1973, and July 10,
[38 FR 21630, Aug. 10, 1973, as amended at 49 FR 38261, Sept. 28, 1984]