Arkansas Occupational Safety and Health is responsible for administering Arkansas’ laws dealing with safety and health. Because most private sector employees and employers are covered by the rules of the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), this section primarily deals with public sector employment. The inspectors investigate complaints, accidents and fatalities in public sector workplaces and check for violations of Arkansas safety and health rules. Employees of the public sector can call in complaints to the AOSH Compliance Section and an inspector may visit the worksite. They are also responsible for enforcing the Public Employees’ Chemical Right to Know Act and the rules issued pursuant to the act.
AOSH conducts routine consultation inspections of public schools, colleges, universities, municipalities, counties, and state agencies free of charge. AOSH inspects amusement rides at county fairs and permanent rides at the state’s various theme parks, and go-kart tracks. They also offer formal training classes, most of which are free of charge, to the public sector on numerous topics such as Public Employees’ Chemical Right to Know, Trenching and Excavation, Bloodborne Pathogens Programs, Respirator Programs and General Safety. The consultants also promote the concept of a “safety culture” by helping to develop, implement and maintain safety and health programs whenever the need arises.
Mike Watson – 501-690-5271