OSHA certifies New Jersey State Plan for state local government workers
Posted February 5, 2016
OSHA recently certified New Jersey's State Plan for protecting the safety and health of state and local government workers. The New Jersey Public Employees Occupational Safety and Health State Plan covers more than 530,000 state and local government workers. The New Jersey State Plan was initially approved in January of 2001 and certification became effective on January 22, 2016. The certification was published in the Federal Register and can be viewed at federalregister.gov.
Certification documents the satisfactory completion of all structural and developmental aspects of New Jersey's approved State Plan. The certification attests to the fact that New Jersey now has in place all those structural components necessary for a State Plan covering state and local government workers.
New Jersey — along with Maine, Illinois, Connecticut, New York, and the Virgin Islands — is one of six states and territories that administer safety and health programs for state and local government workers only, and are committed to maintaining programs that are at least as effective as federal OSHA. There are also 22 State Plans that cover private sector, as well as state and local government workers. Twenty-four states still do not provide any federally-approved workplace safety and health protections for its public workers.
The plan is administered by the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development, and continues to provide coverage to all state and local government workplaces, including state, county, and local government agencies, state and local government authorities, fire departments, and school districts under the authority of the New Jersey PEOSH Act. Certain responsibilities are delegated to the New Jersey Department of Health (DOH) in the implementation of the PEOSH Act. Private sector and federal government workers in New Jersey remain under federal OSHA jurisdiction.
The Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (OSH Act of 1970) and 29 CFR Part 1956 allow states and territories to establish plans that cover only state and local government workers — those workers who are excluded from federal coverage. Once a State Plan is approved, OSHA funds up to 50 percent of the program's costs.
For details and information on the New Jersey Public Employees Occupational Safety and Health State Plan, visit lwd.dol.state.nj.us.
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