Health and safety in the private sector workplace are regulated in large part by standards developed under the federal Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act) and enforced by OSHA. Individual states may devise and administer their own work safety laws, but only if the state act--with requirements at least as stringent as the federal statutes--is federally approved. Since Oklahoma does not have its own approved occupational safety and health plan, the federal OSH Act governs private sector workplace safety and health in the state.
In the public sector, state employee safety and health is regulated by the Oklahoma Occupational Health and Safety Standards Act, which has adopted the federal standards, with some additional state requirements (OK Stat. Tit. 40 Sec. 401et seq.). Additional information about the public sector employer standards is available.
A comprehensive discussion of the OSH Act is also available.