Rhode Island OSHA regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Rhode Island 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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Workplace safety and health, public sector: Rhode Island General Laws (RI Gen. Laws ) 28-20-1 to 28-20-34, and regulations at Professional Regulation, OSHA Regulations 1904, OSHA Regulations 1910, and OSHA Regulations 1926

Public sector defined: RI Gen. Laws 28-20-1

Hazardous Substances Right-to-Know Act, RI Gen. Laws 28-21-1 to 28-21-21

Construction contractor safety awareness program: RI Gen. Laws 37-23-1 to 37-23-12, and regulations at Professional Regulation, Board of Safety Awareness, Rule 1 to Rule 12

Regulatory Agencies

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

Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training (DLT) Occupational Safety Unit

DLT Professional Regulation Unit

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. Rhode Island is not a "state plan" state; that is, it does not have a federally approved occupational safety and health regulatory program. Therefore, the federal OSH Act governs workplace safety and health in the private sector (commercial establishments, nonprofit organizations, and private businesses except private schools).

Rhode Island has adopted the federal OSHA safety and health standards by reference for public sector employers, and has adopted public sector rules for hazard communication that are stricter than federal rules. See the state sections HAZARD COMMUNICATION STANDARD and MATERIAL SAFETY DATA SHEET for more information.

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