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
Adoption of federal rule: Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) 4167-3-01
U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Region 5
Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) Division of Safety and Hygiene Services
See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.
See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. Ohio is not a "state plan" state; that is, it does not have a federally approved occupational safety and health regulatory program. Therefore, private sector employers (businesses and nonprofit organizations) are governed by the federal hazard communication requirements.
Public sector employers (state, county, and municipal governments, school systems, commissions, etc.) must follow state workplace safety and health requirements. The state has adopted the federal hazard communication requirements by reference. For information on the federal requirements, see the national sections HAZARD COMMUNICATION STANDARD, MATERIAL SAFETY DATA SHEET, OSHA, and TRAINING.
• Administration and enforcement. OSHA administers and enforces occupational safety and health, including hazard communication requirements, in the private sector workplace. BWC administers and enforces public sector hazard communication requirements.