New Hampshire OSHA regulations & environmental compliance analysis

New Hampshire OSHA: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (OSH Act), 29 USC 651et seq., and regulations at 29 CFR 1904, 1910, and 1926

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New Hampshire Public Employee Safety and Health Law, New Hampshire Revised Statutes Annotated (RSA) 277:1 et seq., and regulations at New Hampshire Regulations-Labor (NH Regs. Lab) 1401.01 to 1403.66

Public sector employer defined: RSA 277:1-b

Regulatory Agencies

U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Region 1

New Hampshire Department of Labor (NHDOL) Safety and Training Division

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. New Hampshire is not a "state plan" state; that is, it does not have a federally approved occupational safety and health regulatory program. Consequently, the federal OSH Act governs occupational safety and health requirements in the private sector workplace. See the national section OSHA for detailed information on the federal standard.

Public sector (state and local government operations) employers in the state are excluded from coverage under federal workplace safety and health rules. New Hampshire, however, has adopted its own rules to govern safety and health in public sector workplaces for hazard communication, inspections, recordkeeping, penalties, safety practices, and training. See the state sections HAZARD COMMUNICATION STANDARD, INSPECTIONS, MATERIAL SAFETY DATA SHEET, PENALTIES/LIABILITIES, RECORDKEEPING, and TRAINING for more information.

Under the state Workers' Compensation Act, both public and private sector employers with more than 10 employees in New Hampshire must ...


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