Georgia OSHA regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Georgia OSHA: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (OSH Act), 29 U.S.C. 651et seq., and regulations at 29 CFR 1910et seq.

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Covered employers: Georgia Public Employee Hazardous Chemical Protection and Right-to-Know Act of 1988, Code of Georgia Annotated (CGA) 45-22-1 et seq.

Public sector employer defined: CGA 45-22-2

Regulatory Agencies

U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Region 4

Georgia Department of Labor (GDOL) Safety Engineering Division

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. Georgia is not a "state plan" state; that is, it does not have a federally approved occupational safety and health regulatory program. Therefore, the federal OSH Act governs workplace safety and health in the private sector (private businesses and nonprofit organizations). For information on the federal requirements, see the national sections HAZARD COMMUNICATION STANDARD, MATERIAL SAFETY DATA SHEET, and OSHA.

Public sector (state government offices and operations) employers in Georgia are governed by the requirements of the Public Employee Hazardous Chemical Protection and Right-to-Know Act (PEHCPA). The Act's requirements are similar to the federal rules, with some requirements that are stricter than federal requirements. For more information, see the state section HAZARD COMMUNICATION STANDARD.

Administration and enforcement. OSHA Region 4 administers and enforces occupational health and safety in the private sector in Georgia. GDOL's Safety Engineering Division administers worker right-to-know requirements in the public sector ...

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