OSHA HEALTH AND SAFETY REGULATIONS
Every business in the U.S. is required by LAW to have an occupational health and safety program in place.
What are the OSHA regulation requirements for all businesses in the U.S.?
The Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (OSH Act) was passed to prevent workers from being killed or seriously harmed in the workplace. The act requires that employers provide their employees with working conditions that are free of known dangers and/or hazards. The OSH created the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), which sets and enforces protective workplace safety and health standards for states across the United States. The OSH Act covers most private sector employers in all 50 states and other U.S. jurisdictions; either directly through federal OSHA or through an OSHA approved state plan. State plans are OSHA-approved job safety and health programs operated by individual states instead of federal OSHA. OSHA is responsible for enforcing its standards on regulated entities. Compliance Safety and Health Officers in the United States carry out inspections and assess fines, penalties, sanctions or stop work orders for regulatory violations.
OREGON OSHA REGULATIONS
The Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Division (Oregon OSHA or OR-OSHA) is a state government agency that regulates workplace safety and health in the U.S. state of Oregon. Oregon operates an OSHA-approved State Plan covering most private sector workers and all state and local government workers. OR-OSHA requires covered employers to maintain a workplace that is free of hazards that they know or should know about, and that are causing or are likely to cause death or serious physical injury. These are called "recognized hazards." OR-OSHA requires employers to provide tools and equipment that are in safe working condition. It also requires employers to adequately train and supervise employees, as well as provide specific safety equipment when necessary.
WASHINGTON STATE OSHA REGULATIONS
The Washington State Department of Labor and Industries (L&I) is a department of the Washington state government that regulates and enforces labor standards. The agency administers the state's workers' compensation system, conducts workplace inspections, licenses and certifies trade workers, and issues permits for heavy machinery. Washington operates an OSHA-approved State Plan covering most private sector workers and all state and local government workers. WISHA is the Washington Industrial Safety and Health Act. This became the first fully operational state safety and health plan approved by the federal government of the United States. These regulations apply to Washington state and are a more specific and detailed set of rules that detail and amplify the OSHA regulations. DOSH is the Division of Occupational Safety and Health in the Department of Labor and Industries (L&I). DOSH develops and enforces safe and healthy rules by inspecting work sites for unsafe working conditions. Until 2006, DOSH was called WISHA Services in Washington State.
CALIFORNIA OSHA REGULATIONS
The Division of Occupational Safety and Health of California (DOSH) is an agency of the Government of California established by the California Occupational Safety & Health Act of 1973. The Division of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH), is also known as Cal/OSHA, protects and improves the health and safety of working men and women in California. Almost all workers in California are protected by Cal/OSHA regulations . This includes public employees and immigrant workers who are not legally authorized to work in California. However, some workers are not covered such as people who are self-employed. California operates an OSHA-approved State Plan covering most private sector workers and all state and local government workers.