OSHA Grant Initial Approval of Massachusetts State Plan

OSHA recently granted Massachusetts initial approval to enable the state’s safety and health plan to be responsible for protecting state and local government workers.
The Massachusetts State and Local Government Only State Plan will cover more than 430,000 employees of the state and its political subdivisions under an OSHA-approved plan. The plan takes effect on Aug. 18, 2022.
Massachusetts joins Illinois, Maine, New Jersey, Connecticut, New York and the Virgin Islands as one of seven states and territories where the administrators of state safety and health programs are committed to maintaining programs at least as effective as federal OSHA to protect state and local government workers. In addition, the 22 states and territories with full state plans also cover state and local government workers in their states. Currently, 23 states still do not provide federally approved workplace safety and health protections for their public employees.
The plan will be administered by the Massachusetts Department of Labor Standards. Private sector and federal government employees in the state remain under federal OSHA jurisdiction.
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