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OSHA General Industry and Construction Standards

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Administrative Rules

Iowa OSHA Enforcement


Extension for crane operator requirements:  The deadline for crane operator certification and training has been extended to November 10, 2017.

Changes to recordkeeping and reporting regulations:  Effective January 14, 2015, an employer must report a workplace illness or injury that results in death, hospitalization, amputation, or the loss of an eye.  Some employers who were required to keep OSHA 300 logs will be relieved of that requirement, and other employers who were exempt from OSHA 300 log requirements will lose their exemption.  These changes are a result of actions taken by the U.S. Department of Labor.  To view detailed information on the federal website, click here.  To view the text of Iowa's new rules, click here

Changes to OSHA hazard communication standard:  Businesses that use, transport, and sale hazardous chemicals will be impacted by new hazard communication requirements.  Deadlines for implementing the changes range from December 1, 2013, to June 1, 2016.  Click here for deadline details. For more information about the hazard communication changes, please visit http://www.osha.gov/dsg/hazcom/index.html or contact the Iowa OSHA Consultation and Education Bureau at 515-281-7629.

Iowa OSHA enforces 1910, 1926 and 1928 as adopted by reference by the Iowa Division of Labor. This agency investigates safety and health complaints in construction and general industry, fatalities/catastrophes and performs general scheduled inspections.  For information on how to file a complaint, call 1-800-562-4692 or 515-242-5870 or click on File an OSHA Complaint below. 

For information on non-enforcement advice on safety and health issues and on-site evaluations, click here - Iowa OSHA Consultation.

The Compliance Assistance Specialist is available to answer your questions regarding recordkeeping, OSHA regulations, Partnerships and Alliances, and is a resource for safety and health assistance.  They are available to provide outreach and training on OSHA topics at seminars, safety meetings and conferences. 

Iowa OSHA follows federal OSHA's Compliance Letters (CPL's), Memos, Instructions and Directives as guidelines to provide assistance to compliance officers, employers and employees on the enforcement of OSHA standards.  Most federal CPL's are adopted by Iowa OSHA; click here for the CPL's that have been developed and adopted by Iowa OSHA as "equally effective as" written guidelines. 

For answers to questions about workplace safety regulation and enforcement, contact us at (515) 242-5870 or:

Jens J. Nissen
Iowa OSHA Administrator
(515) 281-3122 nissen.jens@dol.gov
Don Peddy, Executive Officer (515) 281-5666 peddy.don@dol.gov
Peggy Peterson, Complaint Officer (515) 281-6865
(515) 725-2024 - FAX
Mike Whitmore, Compliance Assistance (515) 281-0862 whitmore.mike@dol.gov
FAX (515) 281-7995  


Questions regarding VPP (Voluntary Protection Programs), contact: 

Shashi Patel, VPP Team Leader (515) 281-6369 patel.shashi@dol.gov


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