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
Illinois Toxic Substances Disclosure to Employees Act, 820 Illinois Compiled Statutes (ILCS) 255/1 and 820 ILCS 255/18
U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Region 5
Illinois Department of Labor (IDOL) Safety Inspection and Education Division
See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.
See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. Private sector employers (businesses and nonprofit organizations) in Illinois are governed by federal hazard communication, or worker "right-to-know" requirements. Illinois has a federally approved occupational safety and health regulatory program for public sector (state and local government offices and operations) employers. The state has adopted the federal hazard communication rules by reference. See the state section HAZARD COMMUNICATION STANDARD for more information.
• Administration and enforcement. OSHA administers and enforces occupational safety and health requirements in the private sector, including hazard communication. IDOL administers and enforces the state's hazard communication requirements in public sector workplaces.