OSHA is extending the comment period on Arizona’s occupational safety and health program

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OSHA is extending Arizona's occupational

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OSHA is extending the public comment period to July 5 on the agency’s proposed reconsideration and revocation of Arizona’s State Plan for Occupational Safety and Health. July 5 is also the new deadline for submitting written testimony or a notice of intention to appear at the public hearing on this issue tentatively scheduled for August 16. OSHA extending Arizona’s occupational

State Plans are OSHA-approved workplace safety and health programs operated by individual states or U.S. territories. State Plans are monitored by OSHA and must be at least as effective as OSHA in protecting workers and in preventing work-related injuries, illnesses, and deaths.

OSHA amplía hasta el 5 de julio el periodo de comentarios públicos sobre la propuesta de reconsideración y revocación del Plan Estatal de Seguridad y Salud en el Trabajo de Arizona. El 5 de julio es también la nueva fecha límite para presentar testimonios por escrito o un aviso de intención de presentarse en la audiencia pública sobre esta cuestión, prevista en principio para el 16 de agosto.

Los planes estatales son programas de seguridad y salud en el lugar de trabajo aprobados por OSHA y gestionados por estados o territorios de Estados Unidos. Los planes estatales son supervisados por OSHA y deben ser al menos tan eficaces como OSHA en la protección de los trabajadores y en la prevención de lesiones, enfermedades y muertes relacionadas con el trabajo.

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US Department of Labor announces proposal to reconsider, revoke final approval of Arizona’s State OSHA Plan after pattern of failures

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Concerns about state’s commitment to worker safety, health led to federal action

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced a proposal to reconsider and revoke the final approval of Arizona’s State OSHA plan, in response to nearly a decade-long pattern of failures to adopt and enforce standards and enforcement policies at least as effective as those used by the department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

State plans are OSHA-approved job safety and health programs operated by individual states rather than federal OSHA. The OSH Act encourages states to develop and operate their programs. OSHA approves and monitors all state plans, and provides up to 50 percent of each program’s funding.

OSHA has grown increasingly concerned that actions by the Arizona State OSHA Plan suggest the state is either unable or unwilling to maintain its commitment to provide a program for worker safety and health protection as the OSH Act requires. Arizona has, for example, failed to adopt adequate maximum penalty levels, occupational safety and health standards, National Emphasis Programs and – most recently – the COVID-19 Healthcare Emergency Temporary Standard.

If OSHA determines that a state plan is failing to comply with its obligation to remain at least as effective as OSHA, the agency may initiate proceedings to revoke final approval, and reinstate federal concurrent authority over occupational safety and health issues covered by the state plan.

The proposal is available for public inspection at the Federal Register, and will be published on April 21. With its publication, OSHA marks the start of the revocation process. The notice makes no substantive changes to the Arizona State Plan, nor does it give federal OSHA the authority to enforce occupational safety and health standards in Arizona.

Submit comments on the proposal by May 26, 2022. If necessary, OSHA will hold an online hearing on Aug. 16, 2022 at 10 a.m. EDT. Those interested in testifying or questioning witnesses must submit a notice of their intention by May 11, 2022.

Once OSHA has considered comments during the 35-day comment period, and reviewed testimony and evidence collected in the event of a hearing, the agency will publish a second Federal Register notice announcing its decision on revocation of final approval.

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