Comparison: State vs. Federal
Rules. Kansas does not have a federally approved occupational safety and health program. Therefore, federal OSHA rules govern workplace safety and health in the private sector.
Public sector employers (state and local government offices, operations, and schools) in Kansas are governed by workplace safety and health abatement orders issued by the state Department of Labor (DOL). Abatement orders usually cite OSHA standards when giving notice of violations. Employers must respond to abatement orders within 60 days of issuance. State penalties apply to violations. See TABLE 1 in this section for penalty figures that pertain to the specific safety violations.
Kansas provides for administrative, civil, and criminal penalties for violations of its hazardous materials transportation laws. See TABLE 2 in this section for penalty figures that pertain to the specific hazmat transportation violations. The sanctions listed are applicable only on a state level and are in addition to penalties that the federal government may impose.
Administration and enforcement.The Kansas Corporation Commission (KCC) administers and enforces the regulations for oil and gas facilities and hazardous materials motor carriers.
Federal OSHA administers and enforces occupational safety and health requirements in the private sector in Kansas. The Kansas DOL administers and enforces public sector occupational safety and health and the accident prevention program.