About the
Iowa Labor Services Division

Michael A. Mauro, Commissioner

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The Division of Labor Services is responsible for about a dozen programs designed to protect the safety, health and economic security of all Iowans.  Our programs protect people who ride on elevators, escalators and amusement rides.  We protect anyone who enters a building with an asbestos abatement project or public building with a boiler.  We protect employees from dangers in the workplace and improve their economic security.  We protect Iowa's children from dangers in workplaces and enhance their educational experiences. 

For a brief description of Division of Labor programs, see below.  To view the Iowa Code that created the Division of Labor, click here and search for Chapter 91.

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  • IOSH Consultation - One of IOSH Consultation and Education's goals is to reduce the incidence of injury or illness to workers by enhancing the employer's ability to identify and control safety and health hazards.

Employers can learn about potential hazards at their worksites and improve their occupational safety and health management systems by using our free consultation service. This service is delivered by the state of Iowa using well-trained, professional staff. Most consultations take place on-site, though limited services away from the worksite are available.  This program is completely separate from the IOSH Enforcement staff; no citations are issued or penalties proposed, and it is confidential.

Safety and Health Awareness Recognition Program (SHARP) and Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) are company recognition programs for safety and health management awarded by the Commissioner of Labor on behalf of the Governor of Iowa.

The Education section offers a variety of safety education videos that can be borrowed free of charge by the public, and a wide selection of OSHA publications and informational fact sheets. Speaking engagements, seminars and conferences allow OSHA Consultation and Education staff to encourage large and small business employers and employees to pursue safety and health management programs.

Also, FREE training for the 10-hour Voluntary Compliance OSHA Certificate Course for General Industry or Construction is conducted on a first-come, first-serve basis, with some classes now being offered throughout the state of Iowa at specific times and locations. The business requesting the training is provided one set of course materials to be copied for each participant. For more information, click here

  • IOSH-Enforcement - The Division of Labor protects employees by conducting inspections on a priority basis as follows: imminent danger, fatalities/catastrophes, employee complaints, amputations, and general scheduled inspections of high hazard industries. Where violations are found, citations and penalties are proposed. Employers may appeal citations and penalties to the Employment Appeal Board.  For more information, click here

  • Occupational Injury and Illness Statistics - The Division of Labor protects employees by coding work-related injuries and illnesses involving days away from work and analyzing for information that is used in a variety of ways, including directing OSHA resources to industry classifications for inspections.  Annual surveys of selected employers are conducted.  Employee fatalities and catastrophes are to be reported within eight hours. The OSHA Management Information System is maintained to monitor performance and to provide data necessary to reduce safety and health hazards in Iowa's workplaces. For more information , click here

  • Hazardous Chemicals Emergency and Community Right-to-Know - State law requires employers to provide local fire departments with information on chemicals at workplaces and to post signs warning of fire-related hazards so firefighters can respond in a safe and effective fashion. People in communities have a right to information about chemicals stored or used.  Upon request, employers are required to show a citizen the material safety data sheet for chemicals.  The federal Emergency Planning Community Right-to-know Act (EPCRA) requires facilities annually to notify the state, local emergency planning committees, and fire departments about chemicals used and stored at the facility, depending on the type of chemical and quantity maintained. A Labor Services Division representative is a member of the State Emergency Response Commission. For more information, click here

  • Amusement Ride Safety - The Division of Labor protects the public by enforcing amusement ride safety standards. Amusement operators must obtain permits to work in Iowa and their equipment must pass inspection. For more information, click here

  • Asbestos Abatement Permits and Professional Licensing - The Division of Labor protects public health by enforcing licensing and permitting requirements for asbestos abatement activities. For more information, click here

  • Athletic Commission - The Division of Labor protects the safety of professional wrestlers, professional shootfighters and professional boxers by enforcing registration and other requirements.  For more information, click here

  • Boiler and Pressure Vessel Safety - The Division of Labor protects public safety by enforcing Iowa's boiler and pressure vessel safety codes. For more information, click here

  • Child Labor - The Division of Labor enforces child labor laws in order to protect the safety and health of children and enhance their educational achievement. Work permits can be obtained from local Workforce Development Centers or the local school. For more information, click here

  • Construction Contractor Registration and Bonding - The Division of Labor enforces construction contractor registration and bonding to benefit workers and the general public.   Construction contractors must register with the Labor Services Division every two years. Requirements for registration include complying with workers' compensation laws and obtaining an Iowa Workforce Development employer account number for unemployment insurance purposes. Out-of-state contractors must file a bond for most contracts in excess of $5,000 or a blanket bond of $50,000. For more information, click here

  • Elevator Safety Inspections - The Division of Labor protects public safety by enforcing Iowa's elevator and escalator safety codes. For more information, click here

  • Wage Payment Collection and Minimum Wage - The Division of Labor protects the economic security of workers by enforcing Iowa's minimum wage and wage payment collection laws. For more information, click here.

  • Non-English Speaking Employees - Any employer with more than 100 hourly employees is covered.  If 10 percent of employees do not speak English, an interpreter must be provided for each shift for a non-English language.  Also, regardless of language, if an employee who was recruited from a state more than 500 miles away quits within four weeks, the employer must return the employee to the location of recruitment without cost to the employee. For more information on 91E, click here.

  • Private Employment Agency Licensing - The Division of Labor is responsible for protecting job seekers by enforcing licensing of employment agencies that charge fees to employees. For more information, click here.


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Iowa Workforce Development
Division of Labor Services
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Iowa Workforce Development
1000 East Grand Avenue
Des Moines, Iowa 50319-0209
Telephone: 515-281-5387 or 800-JOB-IOWA
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