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 (general industry), and 29 CFR 1926 (construction industry)
Public sector safety and health: Wisconsin Statutes Annotated (WSA) 101.055 et seq. and regulations at Wisconsin Administrative Code, Safety and Professional Services (SPS) 332.001 to 332.50
Public sector fire-fighting safety and health: SPS 330.001 to 330.23
Public sector hazard communication: WSA 101.58 to 101.599 and regulations at SPS 335.001 to 335.02
Public sector defined: SPS 330.01 and SPS 332.01
U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Region 5
Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services (DSPS) Safety and Buildings Division
See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.
See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. Wisconsin is not a "state plan" state; that is, it does not have a federally approved occupational safety and health program. Consequently, the federal OSH Act governs the workplace safety and health in the private sector (private businesses and nonprofit organizations).
Wisconsin's safety and health rules govern public sector (state and local government offices and operations) workplaces. The state has adopted the federal rules by reference and adopted several rules that are stricter than federal standards, including injury and illness reporting, hazard communication requirements related to infectious agents, and permissible exposure limits for air contaminants. For information on public sector worker right-to-know requirements, see the state ...