Rhode Island OSHA laws & HR compliance analysis

Rhode Island OSHA: What you need to know

The federal Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act) governs occupational safety and health requirements for private sector (private businesses and nonprofit organizations) workplaces in the state. Because Rhode Island has not adopted a federally approved safety and health regulatory program, the federal law applies. There is additional information and a detailed discussion of the federal standards.
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Rhode Island has adopted the federal OSHA safety and health standards by reference, including worker right-to-know, for public sector employers (state buildings, county and local government offices and operations, school systems, and commissions) (RI Gen. Laws Sec. 28-20-1 to 28-20-34). The public sector rules are administered by the RI Department of Labor and Training.
The Rhode Island Department of Health provides free safety and health program assistance to employers, especially those in smaller businesses (under 250 employees per facility and 500 worldwide). Their staff can help you identify workplace safety and health hazards, advise you on how to reduce or eliminate those hazards, and assess your safety and health program. Experienced and professional safety, industrial hygiene, and ergonomics consultants will provide a confidential, comprehensive written report containing their findings and recommendations. No penalties are assessed or violations cited during the consultation. The employer's obligation in accepting these services is to correct all hazards identified by the consultant within a reasonable period.

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