Private sector (private businesses and nonprofit organizations) employers in Maine are governed by the federal Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act) and OSHA’s regulations. Maine has a federally approved occupational safety and health regulatory program that governs public sector (government offices and operations) employers.
The state has adopted the federal safety and health rules for public sector (state and local government offices and operations) workplaces (Code of ME Rules 12-179-002).
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 Maine Department of Labor/Workplace Safety Division administers the safety and health rules for public sector workplaces.