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
Public sector loss prevention program: Louisiana Revised Statutes (LRS) 39:1543
Operational Safety Plan (OSP): LRS 23:1291
U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Region 6
Division of Administration Office of Risk Management (ORM)
Louisiana Workforce Commission (LWC) Office of Workers' Compensation
LWC Office of Workforce Development
See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.
See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. Louisiana is not a "state plan" state; that is, it does not have a federally approved occupational safety and health regulatory program. Consequently, private sector employers are governed by the federal OSH Act and must follow federal job safety and health requirements. There are no state safety and health regulations for public sector workplaces. For information on the federal requirements, see the national sections OSHA, HAZARD COMMUNICATION STANDARD, MATERIAL SAFETY DATA SHEET, and TRAINING.
Public sector (state government agencies, commissions, and school systems) workplaces must comply with the requirements of the state's Loss Prevention Program. Each agency will determine whether site- or task-specific safety rules are necessary and what they will cover for the safety of their employees.
Private sector employers of more than 15 employees must have a fully implemented workplace safety plan in place.
• Administration and enforcement. OSHA administers and enforces occupational safety and health requirements for private ...