Governing Law and Regulations
Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) Toxic Substances Control Division
DSHS Division of Regulatory Services
Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) Texas Agricultural Extension Service (TAES)
U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Region 6
See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.
See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. Texas has enacted the AHCA, also known as the Texas Farmworker Right-to-Know Act, to protect the state's large farmworker population. Employers governed by both THCA and AHCA must comply only with THCA.
The federal OSH Act governs the state’s private sector workplaces, including worker “right to know.” Texas has its own THCA, but it is not federally approved; as a result, the state governs only for the public sector workplace (state, county, and local government employers, including schools, universities, and volunteer emergency service organizations). The public ...