Farm Safety and OSHA Regulations

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration, an agency within the U.S. Department of Labor, was created by the Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Act of 1970 for the purpose of assuring safe and healthful working conditions for working men and women by setting and enforcing standards and by providing training, outreach, education and assistance.

OSHA State Plan states are ones that have chosen to adopt a state occupational safety and health program and sought authorization from the federal OSHA agency. To receive authorization, a state program is required to have standards, policies and procedures at least as effective as those of federal OSHA and to respond to significant new changes to the federal program. Twenty-five states have approved state plans.

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Doug Farquhar is a program director at NCSL.