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Workplace Health and Safety

Workers can face a variety of health and safety challenges in the course of their jobs. Both federal and state laws cover workplace health safety.

Federal Law

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) provides workplace health and safety protections to most private sector workers and to all federal agencies.  

The workplace safety issues workers experience can vary widely depending on what type of work their employer does and what type of work the worker does for their employer.

  • OSHA has a detailed A-Z topics list that links out to more specific guidance.

OSHA's 2022 Top 10 Most Frequently Cited Violations - Includes illustrations symbolizing the top ten most frequently cited standards in the list on the page linked from this image

Major Federal Health and Safety Laws and Guidance

Iowa Law

Iowa OSHA applies to most private sector workers and to state and local government workers.

Major Iowa Health and Safety Laws

It is illegal for an employer to retaliate against you for exercising your OSHA rights.

For more information on protection from retaliation under OSHA, visit: 

Iowa OSHA's Whistleblower webpage

U.S. OSHA's Whistleblower Protection website

U.S. OSHA's Whistleblower Protection Statutory Chart

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Iowa OSHA Safety & Health Compliance


OSHA FAQ for Employers


OSHA FAQ for Workers


Related Pages

Work Law 

Breaks for Workers


Workers' Compensation

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