OSHA announces meeting on State Plan effectiveness

May 30, 2012

Washington – OSHA plans to host an informal stakeholder meeting on June 25 in Washington to discuss how to determine if agency-approved State Plans are at least as effective as federal OSHA.

The Occupational Safety and Health Act requires State Plan states to have standards and enforcement programs that are "at least as effective" as federal OSHA programs. The Department of Labor’s Office of Inspector General has recommended that OSHA define effectiveness and develop measures to evaluate State Plan programs. OSHA said draft indicators will be available on the agency’s website prior to the meeting.

Currently, 27 states operate their own occupational safety and health program.