Comparison: State vs. Federal
Ohio does not have a federally approved workplace safety and health regulatory program. Therefore, private sector workplaces must follow the federal workplace inspection rules. For public sector employers, the state has adopted the federal rules for employer self-inspection and inspections by regulatory authorities by reference; the state rule also clarifies the conditions when the regulatory agency will inspect public sector workplaces.
See the TABLE 1 for state self-inspection requirements for hazardous materials transportation and TABLE 2 for state agency hazardous materials and safety inspection requirements.
See the national section INSPECTIONS for more information about federal inspection requirements.
Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) and the State Highway Patrol enforce the rules for motor carriers transporting hazardous materials.
Federal OSHA administers and enforces workplace safety and health inspection rules for private sector workplaces. The Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) conducts workplace safety and health inspections at public sector workplaces and provides consultation to correct hazards.
Note: Under a Memorandum of Understanding between OSHA and the EPA, inspectors from both agencies may conduct joint inspections at hazardous waste facilities or workplaces where hazardous chemicals are used, manufactured, or processed.