Illinois has received approval from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to administer its own occupational safety and health plan for state and local government employees.
The federal Occupational Safety and Health Act doesn’t cover state and local public employees. States have the option of developing and administering their own OSHA programs, as long as they are at least as tough as federal regulations.
Now that Washington has blessed Illinois’ plan, federal OSHA funds will pay for half the program’s cost.
New Jersey, Connecticut, New York and the Virgin Islands also cover public employees with an OSHA plan. Twenty-one states and Puerto Rico have OSHA plans for private-sector employees.
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