Ohio OSHA regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Ohio OSHA: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (OSH Act), 29 USC 651et seq., and regulations at 29 CFR 1901et seq.

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Ohio Public Employment Risk Reduction Program (PERRP): Ohio Revised Code Annotated (ORCA) 4167.01 to 4167.19 and regulations at Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) 4167-1-01 to 4167-15-01

Public sector rules:

Employee right to refuse work: ORCA 4167.06

Public sector definition: ORCA 4167.01

Public sector hazardous substance monitoring and records: OAC 4167-6-09

Public sector injury and illness recordkeeping: OAC 4167-6-09

Regulatory Agencies

U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Region 5

Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) Division of Safety and Hygiene Services

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. Ohio is not a "state plan" state; that is, it does not have a federally approved occupational safety and health regulatory program. Therefore, private sector workplaces are regulated by the federal standards. The state has adopted by reference the federal safety standards (except ionizing and nonionizing radiation) for public sector employers and has adopted its own stricter requirements for employee rights to refuse work, employee medical records, injury and illness records, and for penalties. See the state section PENALTIES/LIABILITIES for more information about the penalties for public sector workplaces.

For additional worker safety and health compliance information, see the state sections HAZARD COMMUNICATION STANDARD, MATERIAL SAFETY DATA SHEET, and TRAINING, and the national section PERSONAL PROTECTIVE ...


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