Q & A: Exempt from OSHA?

Q & A: Exempt from OSHA?

Barrett Pryce

Barrett Pryce

Marketing Manager

Barrett Pryce is the Marketing Manager with Vivid Learning Systems, an online safety training provider making life a little easier for safety professionals.

Question: “If the state has no written program, is a 'public' entity exempt from OSHA? Also, what is your recommendation regarding ensuring compliance across multiple industries /segregated divisions? Thanks!”

Answer: Nope. There are states with OSHA-Approved state plans and states covered by federal OSHA: OSHA Map

The law is the law. And whether we’re talking about state or federal training standards, your organization is bound by OSHA’s General Duty Clause, which state

SEC. 5. Duties

(a) Each employer --


(1) shall furnish to each of his employees employment and a place of employment which are free from recognized hazards that are causing or are likely to cause death or serious physical harm to his employees;

Our Chief Safety Officer Jill James has developed two excellent resources to help you get a handle on what you need to do for compliance with federal law:

#1: Understanding Safety Leadership for CEOs & Management Teams – new blog by Jill that’s excellent for benchmarking organizational compliance.

#2: Training For Compliance –This is a 10-minute training needs assessment that generates a custom report to help you match your workforce with the right courses, align training with hazard exposure, and see standard citations & training frequency.