To Assume Jurisdiction over Indian-owned Establishments,
Native Healthcare Facilities
April 20, 2004
OSHA will assume jurisdiction over Indian-owned establishments on Indian reservations or federal Trust lands in Washington and federally owned native health care facilities and certain military installations in Alaska.
OSHA's agreement with Washington allows the state to exclude from its enforcement responsibility all federally recognized Indian tribes, extending the state plan exclusion previously established for the Yakama Indian Nation and Colville Confederated Tribes. Washington will retain jurisdiction over non-member private sector and state and local government employers located within the reservations or on Trust lands, and member employers located outside the reservations or Trust lands.
OSHA's approval of changes to the Alaska state plan allows the state to exclude coverage of native health care facilities that are federally owned and contractor operated, and of certain military installations, including four missile defense facilities and four Coast Guard facilities. Federal jurisdiction includes coverage of private contractors working on the military installations. The state retains jurisdiction over construction and contract maintenance at these Native health care facilities.
The Occupational Safety and
Health Act of 1970 encourages states and territories to develop
and operate their own job safety and health programs. States
must set job safety and health standards that are "at least
as effective as" comparable federal standards. OSHA approves
and monitors State plans and provides up to 50 percent of an
approved plan's operating costs.
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