Comparison: State vs. Federal
Massachusetts’ hazardous materials transportation recordkeeping regulations are stricter in some cases than the federal.
Massachusetts is not a “state plan” state; it does not have a federally approved occupational safety and health regulatory program. Federal safety and health rules govern private sector workplaces. It is the state’s policy that public sector employers must follow federal workplace safety and health rules. Massachusetts has its own hazard communication (worker right-to-know) law that applies to public sector workplaces; the recordkeeping rules for safety data sheets (SDSs) follow federal rules. The state has adopted hazard communication training recordkeeping rules for all public sector workplaces that are stricter than federal rules.
See the TABLE for state-specific safety and hazardous materials transportation recordkeeping requirements.
See the national RECORDKEEPING analysis for more information on federal recordkeeping requirements.
The Registry of Motor Vehicles and the State Police enforce the hazardous materials transportation regulations in Massachusetts. The Department of Fire Services (DFS) enforces the state rules for the transportation of flammable and combustible liquids. Local fire departments may also place restrictions on the transportation of flammable and combustible liquids in their jurisdictions.
The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) implements and enforces all job safety and health regulations for the private sector workplace in Massachusetts. The Department of Labor Standards (DLS) regulates public sector workplaces for compliance with federal rules and with the state’s worker right-to-know rules.