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October 12, 2016
Indiana OSHA marks three decades of protection

The Indiana Occupational Safety and Health Administration (IOSHA) says it’s achieved quite a lot in three decades. Find out how this state OSHA program is improving the lives of Hoosier workers.

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What does 30 years of improvement in workplace safety and health look like? Indiana OSHA officials recently reflected on that, as the state plan celebrated its anniversary. IOSHA deputy commissioner cited the hard work and dedication of the program’s compliance officers, supervisors, and other team members.

IOSHA’s mission is to “change workplace culture to increase employer and worker awareness of, commitment to, and involvement in workplace safety and health while securing public confidence through excellence in the development and delivery of our programs and services.”

The state plan received initial approval in 1974 and final approval on September 26, 1986. IOSHA is part of the Indiana Department of Labor and has its main office in Indianapolis. The plan oversees all private sector workplaces in the state with the exception of maritime employment, some contractor operated facilities, and enforcement of the field sanitation and temporary labor camps standards, which are under the jurisdiction of the Wage-Hour Division of the U.S. Department of Labor. The Indiana state plan has jurisdiction for state and local government employers, but does not apply to federal government employers including the United States Postal Services.

IOSHA is made up of an industrial compliance division and a construction safety division. Agency priorities include providing information and resources to ensure worker safety and health in the agriculture industry, where a significant percentage of job fatalities occur. Indiana OSHA maintains Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP) that foster cooperative relationships and recognize the efforts of employers and employees with exemplary job safety and health programs.

Learn more about Indiana OSHA at http://www.in.gov/dol/iosha.htm.

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