Last Updated: 10/9/2023

The purpose of the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) is to ensure workplaces are safe for employees by creating and enforcing safety standards nationwide. You may be entitled to workers’ compensation when your work site has violated a safety standard. To learn more, consult with a work injury lawyer

The Iowa State Plan 

Yes, Iowa follows federal safety standards – although this state is among several others that operates its own program. Approved in 1973, the Iowa State Plan is monitored by OSHA to ensure workplace safety standards are “at least as effective as” the federal rules. Oftentimes, safety standards are identical to their federal counterparts. It is up to the state to set and monitor safety standards, as well as conduct inspections and investigations. 

The Iowa State Plan covers all public and private workplaces, except: 

  • maritime activities;
  • federally owned military facilities;
  • bridge construction;
  • federal employers and employees; and
  • the United States Postal Service


These exceptions are covered by the federal OSHA program. Other workplaces, such as field sanitation and temporary labor camps, are under the purview of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment Standards Administration. To contact the Iowa Division of Labor Services, call 515-242-5870. Located in Des Moines, Iowa, additional information can be found on their website

Contacting an Iowa Work Injury Lawyer for Help with Your Workers’ Comp Claim 

For help determining if you have a viable workers’ compensation claim, the law firm of Walker, Billingsley, and Bair can help. We will guide you through the process and assist with filing all the proper paperwork in a timely fashion. If your claim is denied, our attorneys have ample experience with the legal complexities involved and will advocate on your behalf. For a free copy of An Insider’s Guide to Work Injuries: 7 Deadly Mistakes, contact us today at (888) 435-9886.

Corey Walker
Connect with me
With over 28 years legal experience, Corey has been recognized for his work as an injury attorney.