Timeline

In celebration of the Indiana Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (IOSHA) three decades as a state plan, we are proud to celebrate the rich history of progress in workplace safety and health for all working Hoosiers, and look forward to the great strides in occupational well-being and prosperity for the state of Indiana.

Click here to see the visual timeline for the IOSHA 30th Anniversary event or click any landmark years below to jump to that particular year.

1974 | 1981 | 1986 | 1988 | 1992 | 1995 | 1997 | 2003
2006 | 2008 | 2010 | 2011 | 2013 | 2014 | 2015 | 2016


February 25, 1974
Indiana receives initial approval as a state Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) plan. The “trial” period begins during which both federal OSHA and the Indiana OSHA programs maintain jurisdiction over Hoosier workers.

October 16, 1981
IOSHA successfully completes its developmental steps, leading to certification as a state plan. The final “trial” period follows - the last stage in the journey to operating independent of federal OSHA.

September 26, 1986
Indiana receives final approval as an OSHA-approved state plan. Learn more about the journey to become a state plan here.

1988
IOSHA plays a significant role in a fatality investigation involving chemicals mixed in confined spaces. IOSHA identifies and describes abatement for the occupational hazards. This event is a major proponent for the promulgation of the Confined Space Entry Regulation, which is implemented in 1993 for the United States and sets stringent requirements for entering tanks and other confined spaces. Read more about the investigation here.

1992
The Bureau of Labor Statistics establishes a Federal-State cooperative program to collect fatal and nonfatal injury and illness data from all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses (SOII) and Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) are implemented to ensure the reliability of the data collected, refine coding conventions, and increase the emphasis on providing usable data for spotting emerging trends in workplace injuries and illnesses. Learn more about occupational injury, illness, and fatality data collection here.

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1995
The Voluntary Protection Program (VPP), modeled closely after its federal counterpart, is codified in Indiana law. The program was originally designed in 1982 to recognize and partner with businesses and worksites that demonstrate excellence in occupational safety and health. Sites are committed to effective employee protection beyond the requirements of OSHA standards. VPP participants develop and implement systems to effectively identify, evaluate, prevent, and control occupational hazards to prevent employee injuries and illnesses. Indiana ranks in the top five state plans for participating VPP sites. Learn more here.

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1997
BAE System Controls of Fort Wayne, Indiana, is welcomed as the first Hoosier VPP site. With more than 80 participants at both the Merit and Star levels, Indiana ranks in the top five of state plans in number of participating sites. The BAE site has maintained its certification status for nearly 20 years. Learn more about the VPP program and current participants here.

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2003
The City of Jasper is Indiana’s first workplace to achieve certification in the Indiana Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (INSHARP), a workplace safety and health award and support program for small entities. The site has maintained its certification status for more than 13 years, and is the only municipality certified in either the INSHARP or VPP programs. Learn more about INSHARP here.

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2006
The Indiana Department of Labor launches the first edition of its electronic workplace safety and health newsletter, INdiana Labor Insider. Today, nearly 6,000 subscribers receive this electronic communication. Review current and past editions of the newsletter online here.

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2008
The IDOL is recognized by federal OSHA's Region V Office with a William Q. Weirdt Customer Service Award, an honor given annually to recognize innovative customer service efforts, which include comprehensive customer surveys to acquire feedback for enhancing agency operations.

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2008
The onsite workplace safety and health consultation division, INSafe, is recognized by the U.S. Assistant Secretary of Labor, Edwin G. Foulke, Jr., with an On-Site Consultation Achievement Recognition (OSCAR) award for its enhanced and creative marketing efforts.

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2008
The Metro Indianapolis Coalition for Construction Safety (later renamed Construction Coalition for Safety) and IOSHA sign into an association-based partnership to provide an opportunity for participation from contractors who meet the established criteria. The partnership focuses on the further promotion of workplace safety and health excellence.

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2009
In an effort to promote Hoosier workplace safety and health among the Indiana residential building industry, IOSHA and INSafe sign an alliance with the Indiana Builders Association. The agreement is signed in December and assist the agency in reaching Hoosier companies and individual contractors across the state. (The alliance is renewed in 2011 and again in 2014.)

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2010
Following an IOSHA-investigated student worker fatality, the University of Notre Dame partners with the IDOL to launch a statewide education and outreach initiative called the Up Right Program directed toward universities, colleges, and high schools. The Up Right program raises awareness of aerial, scissor, and boom lift safety among educational institutions and provides information about scissor lift safety when videotaping or photographing activities like sporting events, band competitions, and practices at educational organizations. Additional information is available here. Learn more about the investigation here.

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2010
INSafe is once again recognized with an OSCAR. As part of a summer campaign aimed at young employed Hoosiers, a video focusing on workplace safety and health for teen workers was developed. Watch the video online here.

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2011
Following the fatal Indiana State Fair stage collapse, IOSHA staff invests hundreds of hours in the investigation of this event and safety improvements for future events where outdoor stages are erected. An event safety guide is developed by industry professionals utilizing industry best practices and the United Kingdom’s existing “Purple Guide.” In Indiana, members of the Indiana Department of Labor participate in an outdoor stage committee whose recommendations result in legislative changes to require permit approval from the Fire Marshall before erecting any outdoor stage. Learn more about this investigation here. The event was covered in multiple news outlets, including WTHR’s reporting, which can be found here.

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2011
INSafe, in partnership with IDOL and other state agencies, state legislators, union representatives, retail company communications, and other representatives, initiate efforts to build a preventative campaign against late-night retail workplace violence. Learn more about the campaign efforts and preventative resources here.

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2011
The IDOL is once again recognized with a William Q. Weirdt Customer Service Award for the prompt, calculated, and careful handling of the scissor lift-involved fatality investigation at the University of Notre Dame in 2010.

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2011
On June 11, representatives from the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), IOSHA, and INSafe meet to sign a workplace safety and health partnership. The goal of the agreement is to reduce and eliminate worker injuries and illnesses among participating commpanies. To be eligible for participation, companies need to achieve "Diamond" or "Platinum" status at the ABC National level. (The partnership is renewed again in 2014.)

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  2012
Commissioner of Labor Lori A. Torres convenes a "Convenience Store Working Group," which is later renamed the "Late-Night Retail Working Group" to research and facilitate the adoption and use of industry best practices for promoting worker safety and workplace violence prevention in 24-hour convenience stores. The Working Group includes representatives from IOSHA, INSafe, the Indiana Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Store Association (IMPCA), the Indiana Retail Council, the Indiana Grocery and Convenience Store Association, Inc., and the Indiana State Police. Following this initial meeting, an oversight committee is formed and tasked with further researching workplace violence and late-night retail. The oversight committee includes representatives from the Indiana Department of Labor, IMPCA, and an individual representing victims' family members. A copy of the oversight committee's report of Late Night Retail Workplace Violence is available here.

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2012
The Indiana Department of Labor's workplace safety and health consultation division, INSafe, is recognized by Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels with a Governor's Public Service Achievement Award. The division is recognized for decreasing its customer response time for workplace safety and health consultations. This decrease in customer wait time ensures staff can service consultation requests timely, which ultimately reduces the workplace safety and health hazards Hoosier workers may be exposed to.

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2012
Representatives from IOSHA and INSafe sign a strategic occupational safety and health training alliance with OSHA Training Institute-approved education center, Mid-America OSHA Education Center. The alliance focuses on scheduling and conducting OTI-approved courses in Indiana.

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2012
The Indiana Department of Labor signs an occupational safety and health alliance with Indiana Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Store Associations (IPCA). Working together, the two provide expertise in the development and dissemination of information on the recognition and prevention of workplace hazards in late-night retail establishments. The alliance is one of the first among several key objectives established by the Late-Night Retail Establishment Working Group. Through this alliance, INSafe staff developed a workplace violence fact sheet and checklist, and participated as an exhibitor at the annual Midwest Petroleum and Convenience Tradeshow (M-PACT).

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2013
Indiana’s occupational injury and illness rate drops to 3.8, the lowest on record in state history. (Source: Bureau of Labor Statitics)

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2013
INSafe is recognized by the U.S. Assistant Secretary of Labor, Dr. David R. Michaels, for its late-night retail workplace violence prevention campaign.

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2013
On November 7, the Indiana Department of Labor enters into a strategic worker safety and health alliance with Dow AgroSciences in Indianapolis, Indiana. The alliance establishes a relationship which works to increase the health and safety of workers in the agriculture and transportation industries by providing information, guidance, and access to educational and training resources. The alliance agreement remains in effect for two years.

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2013
The Indiana Department of Labor enters into a strategic occupational safety and health alliance with the Indiana-Traffic Incident Management Effort (IN-TIME). IN-TIME works to ensure both the safety of first responders at roadway crashes and the rapid clearing of roadways to return traffic flow to normal as quickly as possible. The IDOL is proud to work with the Indiana State Police, Indiana Department of Transportation, and all IN-TIME members to maximize the health and safety of all Hoosiers. The alliance is signed on June 10.

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2014
On September 22, IOSHA and INSafe representatives enter into a strategic, site-specific workplace safety and health construction project with Weigand Construction, the City of Fort Wayne, and Ash Brokerage. The partnership entails the Downtown Skyline Project, and focuses on the organizations working together to prevent worker injuries and illnesses. Project aspects covered under the partnership agreement include construction of the Ash Brokerage corporate offices and the Skyline Garage in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

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2014
The Indiana Department of Labor teams with the Indiana State Police, Indiana Department of Transportation, Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles, and the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute t odevelop a campaign to educate motorists on the dangers of texting while driving. The Drive Now. TXT L8R. campaign and social media contest prompt Indiana high school and college students to use their smartphones to develop anti-texting while driving messages to educate their peers. Students utilize social media platforms including Facebook, Twitter, Vine, and YouTube to take on the challenge. (In 2016, the social media contest reached more than 609,000 unique individuals.) Learn more about the Drive Now. TXT L8R. annual campaign by clicking here.

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2014
The Indiana Department of Labor signs an alliance with the Central Indiana Chapter of the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) during the 2014 Indiana Safety and Health Conference and Expo. on February 20. The two organizations work informally with the Indiana Chamber of Commerce to host the annual Indiana Safety and Health Conference and Expo.

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2014
IOSHA levies a record Safety Order penalty to end a two year investigation and follow up. The investigation started as a result of an employee fatality and a number of employee complaints and resulted in multiple changes to the company’s Control of Hazardous Energy and Guarding programs and practices. Read the IDOL’s press release about the settlement here.

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2015
INSafe is recognized by the U.S. Assistant Secretary of Labor, Dr. David R. Michaels, with yet another OSCAR award for its Drive Now TXT L8R social media contest and awareness campaign. The contest and campaign take place during Distracted Driving Awareness Month in April and utilize the power of social media to spread the important message to stay focused on the roadways and prevent accidents. Learn more about Drive Now TXT L8R here.

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2015
On March 16, the Indiana Department of Labor enters into a strategic worker safety and health alliance with the Indiana Municipal Electric Association (IMEA). The agreement establishes a collaborative relationship and provides workplace safety training, education, and outreach to IMEA members.

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2015
On March 26, representatives from IOSHA and INSafe sign a site-specific construction project with Barton Malow Company. The construction project focuses on worker safety and health excellence for all tradespeople on the Notre Dame University's Campus Crossroads Project, which includes a renovation and expansion of the University of Notre Dame's Football Stadium and the construction of more than 750,000 square feet of classroom, research, student facility, digital media, performance, meeting, event, and hospitality space.

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2015
On April 22, the Indiana Department of Labor is entered into a strategic worker safety and health alliance with the Indiana Ready-Mixed Concrete Association (IRMCA) at a ceremony in the Indiana state house rotunda. The agreement establishes a collaborative relationship and provides workplace safety training, education, and outreach to IRCMA members. IOSHA and INSafe representatives participate in IRMCA's annual short course serving as an exhibitor and speaker, further promoting worker safety and health excellence.

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2015
Indiana welcomes the 100th Special Government Employee (SGE) to its Voluntary Protection Program on October 2, 2015. The SGE Program was established to allow industry employees to work alongside IOSHA representatives during onsite evaluations for the VPP. This innovative program benefits both industry and government by providing high quality safety and health evaluations to participating companies in addition to sharing best practices and regulatory information. Qualified volunteers from VPP sites are eligible to participate in the SGE program. IOSHA brought an innovative approach to the SGE programs and is a national leader in the VPP. Additional information on the Indiana VPP is available here.

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  September 26, 2016
September 26th is proclaimed as "Indiana Occupational Safety and Health Administration Day" within the state of Indiana by Governor Mike Pence. The Indiana Department of Labor celebrates three decades of state plan operations and the progress in workplace well-being for Hoosiers.

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