Governing Law and Regulations
Federal Hazard Communication Standard (HCS): 29 CFR 1910.1200
General employment in the public sector: Code of Maine Rules (CMR) 12-179-002
Construction employment in the public sector: CMR 12-179-003
U.S. Department of Labor Occupational and Health Safety Administration (OSHA)
Maine Department of Labor (DOL) Bureau of Labor Standards
See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
· Rules. Private sector (private businesses and nonprofit organizations) employers in Maine are governed by the federal Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act) and OSHA’s hazard communication regulations. Maine has a federally approved occupational safety and health regulatory program that governs public sector (government offices and operations) employers.
Maine has adopted by reference the federal HCS for general employment and construction employment in the public sector.
· Administration and enforcement. OSHA administers and enforces the HCS requirements for private sector workplaces in Maine. The DOL administers and enforces the HCS requirements for public sector workplaces.