New Hampshire OSHA laws & HR compliance analysis

New Hampshire OSHA: What you need to know

The federal Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act) is “preemptive” that is, it overrides state work safety and health laws and regulations in the areas that it covers. Since it covers virtually all areas of workplace health and safety in the private sector, it supplants most state work safety requirements. Under the OSH Act, individual states may devise and administer their own standards, but only with federal approval and only if the applicable state requirements are as stringent as the corresponding federal standards.
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Because New Hampshire has not adopted such a plan, federal standards prevail and govern health and safety in the private sector (businesses and nonprofit organizations). There are comprehensive discussions of the federal standards.
New Hampshire has enacted its own law, known as the Public Employee Safety and Health Law (NH Rev. Stat. Sec. 277:1et seq.), that governs public sector workplaces (state and local governments, schools, commissions, etc.). Its standards mirror federal standards. The state standards are administered and enforced by the New Hampshire Department of Labor (DOL).
An employer of 10 or more people must develop a written health and safety plan. Employers with 5 or more employees must establish a workplace safety committee.
The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (DES) provides free safety and health program assistance to employers, especially those in smaller businesses (under 250 employees per facility and 500 worldwide). The service is funded primarily through federal OSHA, with some assistance from state funds. DES staff can help you identify workplace ...

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