Comparison: State vs. Federal
The federal Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act) governs workplace safety and health in the private sector. There is no federal or state workplace safety standard for public sector employers that are not federal agencies.
Florida has adopted by reference the federal worker protection standard for pesticide applicators and handlers.
The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration directs and enforces workplace safety and health standards for private sector employers in Florida. There are no workplace safety regulatory requirements for nonfederal public sector employers. The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services administers and enforces the pesticide handler and applicator hazard communication standards.