Arkansas is not a “state plan” state; that is, it does not have a federally approved occupational safety and health regulatory program. Consequently, the federal Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Act governs workplace safety and health in the private sector.
Public sector employers (state and local government agencies and school systems) are governed by state occupational safety and health requirements. There are no state rules on fall protection in construction.
The U.S. Department of Labor/Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) administers and enforces federal workplace safety and health requirements in private sector workplaces in the state. The Arkansas Department of Labor/Occupational Safety and Health investigates complaints, accidents, and fatalities in public sector workplaces and checks for violations of state safety and health regulations.