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.
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The state has adopted the powered industrial truck, including forklift, safety rules by reference (Code of ME Rules (CMR) 12-179-002 for general industry and CMR 12-179-003 for the construction industry) for public sector employers (state, county, and local government agencies, commissions, and school systems).
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. The Maine Department of Labor/Workplace Safety Division administers safety and health rules for public sector workplaces.