Pennsylvania Head Protection laws & safety compliance analysis

Pennsylvania Head Protection: What you need to know

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

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Public sector employers (state and local government agencies and school systems) are governed by state occupational safety and health requirements for head protection that are significantly less comprehensive than federal requirements (34 PA Code 39.551 to 39.583). The state's head protection rules have not been updated since 1970.

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 Oklahoma Department of Labor/Public Employee Occupational Safety and Health Unit administers safety and health rules for public sector workplaces.


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