Governing Law and Regulations
U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (OSH Act), 29 USC 651et seq. and regulations at 29 CFR 1902et seq.
U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Region 4
See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.
See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. Mississippi is not a "state plan" state; that is, it does not have a federally approved occupational safety and health program. Consequently, the federal OSH Act governs all occupational safety and health requirements in the private sector (private businesses and nonprofit organizations) workplace. For information on the federal requirements, see the national sections HAZARD COMMUNICATION STANDARD, MATERIAL SAFETY DATA SHEET, OSHA, and TRAINING.
There is no regulation of employee safety and health in public sector (government offices and operations) workplaces.
• Administration and enforcement. OSHA administers and enforces occupational safety and health in the private sector workplace.
Mississippi State University's Center for Safety and Health (CSH) provides free safety and health program assistance to employers, especially those in smaller businesses (under 250 employees per facility and 500 worldwide). The service is funded through federal and state funds. The services provided by the CSH are free of charge, confidential, and conducted only at the request of the business employers. The CSH is staffed with experienced safety consultants and industrial hygienists that conduct consultative surveys at industrial sites, construction projects, medical facilities, and other ...