General. A State plan for public employees must meet the specific criteria set forth in this
Designation of State agency.
The plan shall designate a State agency or agencies which will be responsible for administering the
plan throughout the State.
The plan shall also describe the authority and responsibilities vested in such agency or agencies.
The plan shall contain assurances that any other responsibilities of the designated agency shall not detract significantly from the resources and
priorities assigned to the administration of the plan.
A State agency or agencies must be designated with overall responsibility for administering the plan
throughout the State. Subject to this overall responsibility, enforcement of standards may be delegated to an appropriate agency having occupational
safety and health responsibilities or expertise throughout the State. Included in this overall responsibility are the requirements that the designated
agency have, or assure the provision of necessary qualified personnel, legal authority necessary for the enforcement of the standards and make reports
as required by the Assistant Secretary.
Standards. The State plan for public employees shall include, or provide for the development or
adoption of, standards which are or will be at least as effective as those promulgated under section 6 of the Act. The plan shall also contain
assurances that the State will continue to develop or adopt such standards. Indices of the effectiveness of standards and procedures for the
development or adoption of standards against which the Assistant Secretary will measure the plan in determining whether it is approvable are set forth
The State plan for public employees shall provide a program for the enforcement of the State
standards which is, or will be, at least as effective in assuring safe and healthful employment and places of employment as the standards promulgated
by section 6 of the Act; and provide assurances that the State's enforcement program for public employees will continue to be at least as effective in
this regard as the Federal program in the private sector. Indices of the effectiveness of a State's enforcement plan against which the Assistant
Secretary will measure the plan in determining whether it is approvable are set forth in 1956.11(c).
The plan shall require State and local government agencies to comply with all applicable State
occupational safety and health standards included in the plan and all applicable rules issued thereunder, and employees to comply with all standards,
rules, and orders applicable to their conduct.
Right of entry and inspection. The plan shall contain adequate assurances that inspectors will have a
right to enter covered workplaces which is at least as effective as that provided in section 8 of the Act for the purpose of inspection or monitoring.
Where such entry is refused, the State agency or agencies shall have the authority through appropriate legal process to compel such entry.
Prohibition against advance notice. The State plan shall contain a prohibition against advance notice
of inspections. Any exceptions must be expressly authorized by the head of the designated agency or agencies or his representative and such exceptions
may be no broader than those authorized under the Act and the rules published in Part 1903 of this chapter relating to advance notice.
Personnel. The plan shall provide assurances that the designated agency or agencies and all government
agencies to which authority has been delegated, have, or will have, a sufficient number of adequately trained and qualified personnel necessary for
the enforcement of standards. For this purpose, qualified personnel means persons employed on a merit basis, including all persons engaged in the
development of standards and the administration of the plan. Subject to the results of evaluations, conformity with the Standards for a Merit System
of Personnel Administration, 45 CFR Part 70, issued by the Secretary of Labor, including any amendments thereto, and any standards prescribed by the
U.S. Civil Service Commission, pursuant to section 208 of the Inter-governmental Personnel Act of 1970, modifying or superseding such standards, and
guidelines on "at least as effective as" staffing derived from the Federal private employee program will be deemed to meet this requirement.
Resources. The plan shall contain satisfactory assurances through the use of budget, organizational
description, and any other appropriate means, that the State will devote adequate funds to the administration and enforcement of the public employee
program. The Assistant Secretary will make the periodic evaluations of the adequacy of the resources the State has devoted to the plan.
Employer records and reports. The plan shall provide assurances that public employers covered by the
plan will maintain records and make reports on occupational injuries and illnesses in a manner similar to that required of private employers under the
State agency reports to the Assistant Secretary. The plan shall provide assurances that the designated
agency or agencies shall make such reasonable reports to the Assistant Secretary in such form and containing such information as he may from time to
time require. The agency or agencies shall establish specific goals consistent with the goals of the Act, including measures of performance, output,
and results which will determine the efficiency and effectiveness of the State program for public employees, and shall make periodic reports to the
Assistant Secretary on the extent to which the State, in implementation of its plan, has attained these goals. Reports will also include data and
information on the implementation of the specific inspection and voluntary compliance activities included within the plan. Further, these reports
shall contain such statistical information pertaining to work-related deaths, injuries and illnesses in employments and places of employment covered
by the plan as the Assistant Secretary may from time to time require.