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Changes to recordkeeping and reporting regulations:  The U.S. Department of Labor adopted changes to the OSHA recordkeeping and reporting requirements, and Iowa OSHA has filed a proposal to adopt the same changes.  The deadline to comment on Iowa's adoption is November 5, 2014.  To view detailed information on the federal website, click here.  To view instructions for commenting on Iowa's adoption of the federal changes, click here

Protecting Workers from Ebola:  For resources on protecting employees from the Ebola virus, click here

Changes to Standards for Electrical Protective Equipment and Electrical Power Generation, Distribution and Transmission:  The U.S. Department of Labor changed the standards concerning electrical hazards and the Labor Commissioner adopted the changes by reference.  The changes apply to general industry and construction.  August 13, 2014, is the Iowa effective date, however, some of the changes will not be effective until April 1, 2015.  For more detail about the changes, click here.

Changes to General Industry Standards for Mechanical Power Presses:  Changes to the general industry standard for mechanical power presses became effective in Iowa July 30, 2014.  For more information on the standard changes, click here

Changes to OSHA Hazard Communication Standard:  Businesses that use, transport, and sale hazardous chemicals will be impacted by new hazard communication requirements.  Deadlines for implementing the changes range from December 1, 2013, to June 1, 2016.  Click here for deadline details.

For more information about the hazard communication changes, please visit http://www.osha.gov/dsg/hazcom/index.html or contact the Iowa OSHA Consultation and Education Bureau at 515-281-7629.

Iowa OSHA enforces 29 CFR 1910, 1926 and 1928 as adopted by reference by the Division of Labor. This agency investigates safety and health complaints in construction and general industry, fatalities/catastrophes and performs general scheduled inspections.  For information on how to file a complaint, call 1-800-562-4692 or 515-242-5870 or click on File an OSHA Complaint below. 

For information on non-enforcement advice on safety and health issues and on-site evaluations, click here - Iowa OSHA Consultation.

The Compliance Assistance Specialist is available to answer your questions regarding recordkeeping, OSHA regulations, Partnerships and Alliances, and is a resource for safety and health assistance.  They are available to provide outreach and training on OSHA topics at seminars, safety meetings and conferences. 

Iowa OSHA follows federal OSHA's Compliance Letters (CPL's), Memos, Instructions and Directives as guidelines to provide assistance to compliance officers, employers and employees on the enforcement of OSHA standards.  Most federal CPL's are adopted by Iowa OSHA; click here for the CPL's that have been developed and adopted by Iowa OSHA as "equally effective as" written guidelines. 

For answers to questions about workplace safety regulation and enforcement, contact us at (515) 242-5870 or:

Stephen J. Slater                                    (515) 281-3469     slater.steve@dol.gov

Deputy Labor Commissioner

Iowa OSHA Administrator

Jens Nissen, Executive Officer                (515) 281-3122      nissen.jens@dol.gov

Don Peddy, Executive Officer                 (515) 281-5666      peddy.don@dol.gov

Peggy Peterson, Complaint Officer        (515) 281-6865      peterson.peggy@dol.gov 

Kathy Foster, Secretary                           (515) 281-8066      foster.kathy@dol.gov

Patti Sidoner, Admin. Assistant               (515) 281-8065      sidoner.patti@dol.gov

Mike Whitmore, Compliance Assistance  (515) 281-0862      whitmore.mike@dol.gov

FAX                                                        (515) 281-7995


Questions regarding VPP (Voluntary Protection Programs), contact: 

Shashi Patel, VPP Team Leader           (515) 281-6369         patel.shashi@dol.gov


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