Comparison: State vs. Federal
Pennsylvania state agencies are permitted, and in some cases required, to conduct inspections under state hazardous materials motor carrier regulations.
The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) safety and health inspection requirements apply to private sector workplaces in the state. The state’s workplace safety and health rules apply to public sector workplaces (public and state-owned buildings and structures) that are subject to inspection, and the state rules are less strict and comprehensive than the federal rules. Refer to the state section OSHA for more information.
See the TABLE for state agency inspection requirements for hazardous materials motor carriers. See the national section INSPECTIONS to review the federal inspection requirements.
OSHA administers and enforces the federal safety and health inspection requirements at private sector workplaces in Pennsylvania.
The Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry's Bureau of Occupational and Industrial Safety (BOIS) administers the state inspection rules at public sector workplaces to check for compliance with the state’s workplace safety rules.
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PENNDOT) administers and enforces the rules for hazardous materials motor carriers. The state police have the authority to inspect hazardous materials packages, places of storage and manufacture, and vehicles transporting them.ministers and enforces the federal safety and health inspection requirements at private sector workplaces in Pennsylvania.