The Public Employee Occupational Safety & Health Unit (PEOSH) is responsible for consultation, inspection, compliance, rule making, education and training activities involving occupational safety and health for all public employees in Oklahoma, including city, county, state, schools and municipal trusts. These public entities are not included within the jurisdiction of federal OSHA.
The Oklahoma Occupational Health & Safety Act has adopted the OSHA Hazard Communications Standards. This means all Public Sector employers are also required to comply with the new Hazard Communications Standards recently adopted by Federal OSHA. Training on the new Globally Harmonized Labeling and Safety Data Sheets (SDS) is required by December 1, 2013. Other implementations dates are included in the table below:
|Effective Completion Date
|December 1, 2013
||Train employees on the new label elements and safety data sheet (SDS) format.
June 1, 2015
December 1, 2015
Compliance with all modified provisions of this final rule, except:
The Distributor shall not ship containers labeled by the chemical manufacturer or importer unless it is a GHS label
|Chemical manufacturers, importers, distributors and employers
|June 1, 2016
||Update alternative workplace labeling and hazard communication program as necessary, and provide additional employee training for newly identified physical or health hazards.
|Transition Period to the effective completion dates noted above
||May comply with either 29 CFR 1910.1200 (the final standard), or the current standard, or both
||Chemical manufacturers, importers, distributors, and employers
For more information, visit OSHA’s website at: https://www.osha.gov/dsg/hazcom/index.html
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The search for safety is over! Everything you need to develop an effective safety and health program in your workplace is available on-line for download (listed under PEOSH Services). It contains our public sector how-to guidelines for an effective safety & health program.
Public Sector Injury and Illness Rates:
Oklahoma Public Sector 2010 County Flyer
Oklahoma Public Sector 2010 Incidence Rate by County Map
Oklahoma Public Sector 2000-2009 Incidence Rate Comparison - State, Local, City and County
Oklahoma Public Sector 2000-2009 Incidence Rate Comparison to Private Sector
Oklahoma Public Sector 2009 Incidence Rate by County Map
School Safety During Construction Flyer
2012 Award of Excellence NotificationLetter
2012 Award of Excellence Application
Targeted Public Employers
Public employers above the state average incident rate are targeted for PEOSH inspection. The average incident rate is 4.7 per 100 workers (2011 data).
An incident rate is defined as the number of recordable injuries and illnesses occurring among a given number of full-time workers (usually 100 full-time workers) over a given period of time (usually one year)