Iowa On-Site Safety and Health
Changes to recordkeeping and
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,
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Changes to Standards for Electrical Protective
Equipment and Electrical Power Generation, Distribution and
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,
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,
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,
Click here for deadline details.
For more information about the hazard communication changes,
contact the Iowa OSHA Consultation
and Education Bureau at 515-281-7629.
OSHA's Consultation Service offers free and confidential service to help
Iowa employers comply with the Occupational Safety and Health
Administration standards and to remove existing hazards in the
workplace. Consultation's services are totally separate from
enforcement and do not result in citations or penalties.
written request from an employer, trained Industrial Hygienists and/or
Safety Consultants will visit the workplace, assist in identifying
hazards and improving the employer's safety and health management
on-site consultation may include, but is not limited to, identification
of hazards in the workplace; review of written safety and health
programs; review of OSHA 300 logs for injury and illness trends, review
of the safety and health management program; exposure monitoring for
fumes, dusts, or noise; and evaluation of engineering controls as
private sector and government employers may request Iowa Consultation
services by completing the Request for On-Site
Services. The employers' obligation is to correct serious job
safety and health hazards in a timely manner.
Qualified employers may participate in OSHA Consultation SHARP (Safety
and Health Achievement Recognition Program). The program
recognizes employers who have demonstrated exemplary achievements in
workplace safety and health by receiving a comprehensive safety
and health consultation visit, correcting all workplace safety and
health hazards, adopting and implementing effective
and health management systems, and agreeing to request further
consultative visits if major changes in working conditions or processes
occur that may introduce new hazards. Employers meeting these
specific program requirements may be exempt from general scheduled OSHA
inspections for one year.
Iowa OSHA Education Services
Education offers free training on safety and health topics.
Consultants are also available to attend seminars and conferences.
Employers may request training by completing the
Request for Services by Educational
Education section offers a variety of
safety education videos that can be borrowed, free of charge,
for public use. Please contact Ylonda Shook at
firstname.lastname@example.org or (515)
281-0202 if you have questions about the videos.
OSHA has adopted the Federal OSHA Standards 29 CFR 1910, 1926 and 1928.
Copies of these standards can be found on
www.osha.gov. In addition, Iowa has additional requirements
related to the Right to Know Standards. These requirements can be
found under Iowa Administrative Rules 875–Chapter
Additional Iowa OSHA Hazard
Communication Training can be found under Iowa Administrative Rules 875–Chapter
The Voluntary Protection
Program (VPP) for the State of Iowa is administered through the
Education Services. If you have questions about this recognition
program, please contact Shashi Patel at
email@example.com or (515)
The Compliance Assistance
Specialist (CAS) is available to answer your questions regarding
recordkeeping, OSHA regulations, partnerships, alliances and is a
resource for safety and health assistance. The CAS is available to
provide outreach and training on OSHA topics at seminars, safety
meetings and conferences. To reach Iowa's Compliance Assistance
Specialist, contact Mike Whitmore at
For more information
regarding OSHA Consultation and Education services, please contact our
office by calling (515) 281-7629 or (515) 281-0202.