OSHSPA is the Occupational Safety and Health State Plan Association, an organization of 27 states and territories that have OSHA-approved state plans. OSHSPA is the link between the state plans, federal OSHA, and Congress.
OSHSPA representatives meet three times a year to exchange information and address shared concerns. OSHSPA representatives also appear before congressional committees and other hearings to report on workplace safety and health matters.
The following states have approved State Plans:
*NOTE: The Connecticut, Illinois, New Jersey, New York and Virgin Islands plans cover public sector (State & local government) employment only. OSHA covers the private sector in these states.
This April 1941 historical photograph was provided by the Center for Disease Control's (CDC), National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). It depicted a number of industrial workers in Lee County, Alabama who were in the process of loading crushed limestone into pushcarts by using an overhead bucket shovel, which when unloaded a large debris-could ensued, exposing onlookers to irritating airborne particulates. Prolonged exposure may cause lung diseases such as "silicosis". The men were equipped with inadequate respiratory protection.
A steelworker rests on the eighty-sixth floor of the unfinished Empire State Building in New York, September 24, 1930. This would certainly be a violation of OSHA standards, had the law been in effect then. (© AP/WIDE WORLD PHOTOS)
Secretary Hodgson (on left with hand on desk) looks on as President Nixon signs the Occupational Safety and Health Act into law on December 29, 1970.