Comparison: State vs. Federal
Pennsylvania’s hazardous materials motor carrier recordkeeping regulations are stricter in some cases than the federal. See TABLE 1 for state-specific hazardous materials motor carrier requirements.
Pennsylvania is not a “state-plan” state, which means its occupational safety and health program has not been approved by the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Therefore, in the private sector (private businesses and nonprofit organizations), the federal law preempts state laws regarding safety and health. Public sector workplaces (state and local government offices and operations) must follow state hazard communication rules, which contain provisions for recordkeeping that are stricter than federal rules. The state has adopted recordkeeping rules for safety committees, individual self-insured employers, and group self-insured employers. See TABLE 2 for state-specific workplace safety recordkeeping requirements.
See the national section RECORDKEEPING for more information on federal recordkeeping requirements.
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation administers and enforces the recordkeeping requirements for hazardous materials motor carriers.
OSHA administers and enforces safety and health requirements in private sector workplaces. The Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry administers and enforces all workplace health and safety requirements in the public sector, the workers’ compensation Accident and Illness Prevention (AIP) Program, and safety committee provisions for private and public sector workplaces.