Governing Law and Regulations
U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (OSH Act), 29 USC 651et seq., and regulations at 29 CFR 1910.1200
Arkansas Public Employees' Chemical Right-to-Know Act, Arkansas Code Annotated (AR Code Ann.) 8-7-1001 to 8-7-1016, and regulations at Arkansas Department of Labor (ADOL) Regulations, Safety Code No. 12
U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Region 6
ADOL Arkansas Occupational Safety and Health Division (AOSH)
See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.
See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. Arkansas is not a "state plan" state; that is, it does not have a federally approved occupational safety and health regulatory program. Private sector (private businesses and nonprofit organizations) employers are governed by the federal hazard communication requirements. Public sector (state and local governments) employers must follow state hazard communication requirements, which are stricter than federal requirements for employee training and employee access to a material safety data sheet (MSDS). See the state section MATERIAL SAFETY DATA SHEET for more information about the stricter MSDS requirements in Arkansas.
For information on federal occupational safety and health requirements, see the national sections HAZARD COMMUNICATION STANDARD, MATERIAL SAFETY DATA SHEET, OSHA, and TRAINING.
• Administration and enforcement. OSHA administers and enforces private sector occupational safety and health, including hazard communication requirements, in Arkansas. In the public sector, ADOL's AOSH Division administers and enforces the state's ...