Pennsylvania OSHA regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Pennsylvania 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, 29 CFR 1910, and 29 CFR 1926

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Hazardous Material Emergency Planning and Response Act (Act 165), 35 Pennsylvania Statutes (Pa. Stat.) 6022.103

Pennsylvania Worker and Community Right-to-Know Act (Act 159), 35 Pa. Stat. 7301 et seq. and regulations at 34 Pennsylvania Code (Pa. Code) 301.1 to 319.4

Workplace safety and health, public sector only: 34 Pa. Code 6.1 to 47.398

Definition of public sector employer: 35 Pa. Stat. 6022.103 and 35 Pa. Stat. 7302

Regulatory Agencies

U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Region 3

Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry (DOLI) Bureau of PENNSAFE (PENNSAFE)

DOLI Bureau of Occupational and Industrial Safety (BOIS)

DOLI Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) Health and Safety Division

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. Pennsylvania 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 workplace safety and health in private (private businesses and nonprofit organizations) sector workplaces in the state. For information on the federal requirements, see the national sections HAZARD COMMUNICATION STANDARD, MATERIAL SAFETY DATA SHEET, and OSHA.

The state requirements for asbestos occupations follow federal requirements.

Public sector employers are also subject to the employee hazard communication requirements of the state Act 159, which are stricter than federal ...

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