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.
Public sector employers (state and local government agencies and school systems) are governed by state occupational safety and health requirements for personal protective equipment that are significantly less comprehensive than federal requirements.
See the state Eye and Face Protection, Hand Protection, Foot Protection, Head Protection, and Respiratory Protection topics for more information.
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 in the state. The Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry administers occupational safety and health rules in public sector workplaces.