Regulations (Standards - 29 CFR) - Table of Contents
• Part Number: 1956
• Part Title: Plans for State and Local Government Employees without Approved Plans
• Subpart: A
• Subpart Title: General
• Standard Number: 1956.1
• Title: Purpose and scope.
• GPO Source: e-CFR



This part sets forth procedures and requirements for approval, continued evaluation, and operation of State plans submitted under section 18 of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (29 U.S.C. 667) (hereinafter called the Act) for the development and enforcement of State standards applicable to State and local government employees in States without approved private employee plans. Although section 2(b) of the Act sets forth the policy of assuring every working man and woman safe and healthful working conditions, State and local government agencies are excluded from the definition of "employer" in section 3(5). Only under section 18 of the Act are such public employees ensured protection under the provisions of an approved State plan. Where no such plan is in effect with regard to private employees, State and local government employees have not heretofore been assured any protections under the Act. Section 18(b), however, permits States to submit plans with respect to any occupational safety and health issue with respect to which a Federal standard has been promulgated under section 6 of the Act. Under 1902.2(c) of this chapter, an issue is defined as "any . . . industrial, occupational, or hazard grouping that is found to be administratively practicable and . . . not in conflict with the purposes of the Act." Since Federal standards are in effect with regard to hazards found in public employment, a State plan covering this occupational category meets the definition of section 18 and the regulations. It is the purpose