Comparison: State vs. Federal
New York state agencies are permitted, and in some cases required, to conduct inspections under state hazardous materials transportation regulations. See the TABLE for state agency hazardous materials motor carrier inspection requirements.
Federal safety and health inspection requirements apply to private sector workplaces in New York. The state has adopted the federal workplace self-inspection requirements for public sector workplaces. The procedures for agency inspections of the employer’s workplace are similar to but less comprehensive than the federal procedures.
Note: Both private and public sector workplaces are subject to the state’s community right-to-know rules. See the state section COMMUNITY RIGHT TO KNOW to review these requirements.
For additional information about the federal inspection rules, see the national section INSPECTIONS.
The New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT), the New York State Police (NYSP), and the New York Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) all have authority over motor carriers transporting hazardous materials.
The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) administers and enforces the health and safety standards for private workplaces in New York. The Department of Labor administers and enforces public sector workplace inspection requirements in New York.