New Hampshire 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.
The state has adopted its own personal protective equipment (PPE) rule for public sector employers (state and local government agencies) in general industry workplaces that is substantially less comprehensive than the federal rule.
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 New Hampshire Department of Labor/Safety and Training Division administers safety and health rules for public sector workplaces.
NH Regulations-Labor 1403.40
The employer must be responsible for assessing the hazards and providing and requiring the use of appropriate PPE where indicated based on that assessment.
Where employees furnish their own PPE, the employer must be responsible for ensuring its adequacy and ensuring that the equipment is properly maintained and in sanitary condition.
Employees working over or near water where the danger of drowning exists must be provided with U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jackets or buoyant work vests.