Governing Law and Regulations
U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Region 4
Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) Division of Agricultural Environmental Services Bureau of Pesticides
See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.
See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. The federal OSH Act governs workplace safety and health in the private sector. There is no federal or state workplace safety standard for public sector employers that are not federal agencies.
Florida has adopted by reference the federal worker protection standard for pesticide applicators and handlers. For comprehensive information on OSHA and worker right-to-know, see the national sections HAZARD COMMUNICATION STANDARD, MATERIAL SAFETY DATA SHEET, OSHA, PERMISSIBLE EXPOSURE LIMITS, and TRAINING.
• Administration and enforcement. OSHA administers and enforces workplace safety and health standards for private sector employers in Florida. There are no workplace safety regulatory requirements for nonfederal public sector employers. FDACS administers and enforces the pesticide handler and applicator hazard communication standards.