Texas OSHA: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act) of 1970, 29 USC 651et seq. and regulations at 29 CFR 1904, 29 CFR 1910, and 29 CFR 1926

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Texas Hazard Communication Act (THCA), Texas Health and Safety Code (H&SC) 502.001 et seq. and regulations at 25 Texas Administrative Code (TAC) 295.1 to 295.13

Public sector defined: H&SC 502.003

Agricultural Hazard Communication Act, Texas Agricultural Code 125.001 et seq.

Regulatory Agencies

U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Region 6

Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) Division of Regulatory Services

Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA)

Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) Division of Workers' Compensation

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. Texas is not a "state-plan" state; that is, it does not have its own occupational safety and health regulatory program. The federal rules govern workplace safety and health in private sector workplaces (private businesses and nonprofit organizations).

The state has adopted hazard communication requirements for public (government operations, offices, and public schools) sector workplaces and for farmworkers that are stricter than federal rules. See the state section HAZARD COMMUNICATION STANDARD for more information.

Certain employers with high-hazard workplaces and insured under workers' compensation requirements must obtain safety consultations and develop accident prevention plans (APPs). Contact the insurer for more information.

There are no additional safety and health rules for public sector workplaces.

Administration and enforcement.

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