Governing Law and Regulations
U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Region 4
Alabama Department of Industrial Relations Workers' Compensation Division
See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.
See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. Alabama is not a "state-plan" state; that is, it does not have a federally approved occupational safety and health program. Consequently, occupational safety and health in the private sector workplace is governed by the federal Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Act. There is no state law that governs workplace safety in the public sector (state and local agencies, school systems). For information on the federal requirements, see the national sections HAZARD COMMUNICATION STANDARD,MATERIAL SAFETY DATA SHEET, and OSHA.
Employers subject to state workers' compensation rules must establish a safety committee under certain conditions.
• Administration and enforcement. OSHA administers and enforces federal workplace safety and health requirements in the private sector in Alabama. The Department of Industrial Relations administers the state workers' compensation requirements for a safety committee.
Ala. Code 25-5-15
Any employer subject to state workers' compensation rules must establish a safety committee upon the written request of any employee.
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