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NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS

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 will be effective in Iowa July 30, 2014.  For more information on the standard changes, click here

Significant Changes to OSHA Hazard Communication Standard are Coming:  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.

Under the current system, chemical manufacturers may be subject to a variety of different requirements for transporting, exporting, importing or selling their products.  Different countries and different agencies have different protocols that can make compliance difficult.  Many stakeholders and agencies cooperated over a period of several years to develop a globally harmonized system for chemical hazard communication.  It is anticipated that by harmonizing requirements, the new system will result in significant savings to businesses. 

Material safety data sheets (MSDS) are a primary component of the OSHA system for hazard communication.  The new standard will utilize a Safety Data Sheet (SDS) rather than a MSDS.  There will be a standardized format for the SDS to allow users to find important information more quickly. 

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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