New York Permissible Exposure Limits laws & safety compliance analysis

New York Permissible Exposure Limits: What you need to know

New York does not have a federally approved occupational safety and health regulatory program for private sector workplaces in the state; therefore, private sector workplaces must comply with federal occupational safety and health standards.

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The state has a federally approved occupational safety and health regulatory program for public sector (state and local government) workplaces, and has adopted permissible exposure limits (PELs) for air contaminants for public sector workplaces in general industry that mirror federal rules (12 NYCRR 800.5), and include PELs for certain substances that are not in the federal PEL table.

The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) administers and enforces occupational safety and health requirements in private sector workplaces. The New York Department of Labor/Employee Safety and Health (PESH) Bureau administers and enforces occupational safety and health requirements in public sector workplaces.


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