Governing Law and Regulations
South Carolina Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Act, South Carolina Code Annotated (S.C. Code Ann.) 41-15-80 to 520 and regulations at South Carolina Code of Regulations (R.) 71-100 to 71-1108
Public sector defined: R. 71-102
South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation (LLR) Occupational Safety and Health Administration
See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.
See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. South Carolina is a "state-plan" state; that is, it has its own federally approved state workplace safety and health regulatory program. The South Carolina law applies to all employers, in both public and private sector workplaces. The state law has adopted the federal rules by reference and has adopted stricter state standards for spray finishing areas, respiratory protection for structural fire fighting, and lifting carriages on forklifts. See the national section OSHA for information about federal standards.
• Administration and enforcement. LLR administers and enforces safety and health in private and public sector workplaces.
PUBLIC SECTOR DEFINED
All state government operations and offices, and political subdivisions of the state (e.g., agencies, municipalities, schools), are covered under the state workplace safety and health rules.
FREE CONSULTATION SERVICES
Employers that want help in recognizing and correcting safety and health hazards and in improving their safety and health programs may obtain it from a free consultation service largely funded by federal OSHA. The safety and health consultation ...