As amazing as it sounds, Florida cities, counties and other governmental agencies are not required to comply with federal worker safety standards. That means that local governments in South Florida, including Ft. Lauderdale, Boca Raton and West Palm Beach, do not have to comply with the standards set for private businesses by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
This is about to change, if the Florida Public Task Force on Workplace Safety gets its way. The report recommends that all Florida governmental entities adopt federal OSHA workplace standards. Hopefully, more stringent safety standards will save lives, prevent injuries and lower the cost of workers' compensation.