Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. Federal OSHA rules govern workplace safety and health in private sector (private businesses and nonprofit organizations) workplaces. Public sector (state government offices and operations) employers in Georgia are governed by the requirements of the Public Employee Hazardous Chemical Protection and Right-to-Know Act. Public sector employers are not subject to penalties for violations of the public employee right-to-know rules. There are no additional safety and health requirements for public sector workplaces.
• Administration and enforcement. Federal OSHA administers and enforces safety and health rules in private sector workplaces in Georgia. GDOL's Safety Engineering Division administers worker right-to-know requirements in the public sector workplace. DPS enforces the hazardous materials transportation rules in Georgia.
Georgia law provides civil and criminal penalties for violations of its transporter regulations. See the Table for state-specific penalties for violations of hazardous materials transportation regulations.