Sep 2, 2015

OSHA approves Maine as newest State Plan protecting government workers

Maine Department of Labor
Maine is the newest State Plan responsible for protecting the safety and health of state and local government employees. The new plan* covers more than 81,000 employees of the state and its political subdivisions. It became effective Aug. 5.

States and territories may establish OSHA plans that cover only state and local government employees who are excluded from federal coverage. Once a State Plan is approved, OSHA funds up to 50 percent of the program's costs. Maine is the sixth state or territory to establish such a plan.

"This is a major milestone for Maine public employees and the state's development of its occupational safety and health program," said Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Dr. David Michaels. For more information, read the news release.

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