OSHA approves Illinois safety plan

Illinois has received Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) approval to administer its own occupational safety and health plan for the state's public-sector employees.

Connecticut, New Jersey, New York and the U.S. Virgin Islands also are authorized by OSHA to administer a safety and health program of standards and enforcement specifically for state and local government employees. Illinois' plan is the first state plan to be approved since New Jersey's plan was approved in 2001. Twenty-one states and Puerto Rico have OSHA-approved plans for the private sector that also extend coverage to state and local government employees.

Illinois' plan is administered by the Illinois Department of Labor's Safety Inspection and Education division. The plan covers more than 1 million public workers, including 161,200 state government workers, 690,000 municipal workers and workers in the public education sector. Private-sector employees remain under OSHA's jurisdiction.