State Occupational Safety and Health Standards - Mining

This page includes all state safety and health standards that have not been adopted identically from the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and that are meant to protect workers from specific workplace hazards in the mining industry.

Safety and health regulations and laws (also known as “standards”) can prevent deaths, injuries, and illnesses that can occur on the job. The 1970 Occupational Safety and Health Act established OSHA to protect workers from occupational safety and health hazards (although mining safety is regulated by a separate federal agency, the Mine Safety and Health Administration). The Act also permitted states to substitute their own rulemaking and enforcement agencies for federal OSHA, as long as the state programs are “at least as effective” as the federal agency. This page includes standards in the 25 states with such agencies.

Note that this map highlights states that have developed standards that apply only to mining employers. There may be additional standards under the General Industry dataset that also apply to the mining industry. Read more.

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