Wisconsin is not a “state plan” state; that is, it does not have a federally approved occupational safety and health program. Consequently, the federal Occupational Safety and Health Act (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 workplaces (state and local government offices and operations). The state has adopted the federal rule for fall protection by reference.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) administers and enforces occupational safety and health in the private sector in Wisconsin. The Department of Safety and Professional Services (DSPS) administers and enforces the state’s public sector workplace safety and health standards.