Governing Law and Regulations
U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (OSH Act), 29 USC 651 to 678, and regulations at 29 CFR 1910.1200
Hazardous Chemical Information Act, 16 Delaware Code 2401 to 2417, and regulations at 16 Delaware Regulations 4456
U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Region 3
Delaware Health and Social Services Division of Public Health (DPH)
See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.
See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. Delaware does not have its own approved occupational safety and health plan; therefore, the federal worker right-to-know standards govern in all private sector (private businesses and nonprofit organizations) employment. Delaware has adopted a Hazardous Chemical Information Act, but there is no implementation or enforcement of the rule. Therefore, there are no enforceable rules that govern workplace safety and health, including hazard communication, in the public sector (state and local agencies and operations). Check your municipal codes for any local safety and health rules.
For information about the federal requirements, see the national section HAZARD COMMUNICATION STANDARD.
• Administration and enforcement. OSHA administers and enforces workplace safety and health rules, including hazard communication, in private sector workplaces. There is no administration or enforcement of Delaware's Hazardous Chemical Information Act for the public sector. DPH provides chemical information guidelines to employers.