Maine Enforcement laws & safety compliance analysis

Maine Enforcement : What you need to know

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. Maine has a federally approved occupational safety and health regulatory program for public sector (state and local government offices and operations) only. Private sector (private businesses and nonprofit organizations) employers, as well as federal government workers, are regulated by the federal OSH Act. Penalty amounts for violations in the public sector are not identical to the federal penalties; see TABLE 1 below for penalty figures for specific safety violations.

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Administration and enforcement. The Maine Department of Labor (DOL) enforces occupational safety and health regulations in public sector workplaces.

State Requirements

TABLE 1: VIOLATIONS OF SAFETY LAWS

Prohibited Act Penalties
Maine DOL: Giving advance notice of any inspection without permission of the Bureau Director Criminal: Maine Revised Statutes Annotated (MRSA) Title 26, Chapter 3, Section 46 Penalty of at least $500 up to $1,000, or imprisonment for up to 6 months, or both
Maine DOL: Violation of posting requirements Civil: MRSA Title 26, Chapter 3, Section 46: Up to $1,000 for each violation
Maine DOL: Repeat or willful violation of any workplace safety or health standard Civil: MRSA Title 26, Chapter 3, Section 46: Up to $1,000 for each day during which the violation continues
Maine DOL: Repeat or willful violation of any workplace safety or health standard determined to be likely to result in death or serious physical harm Criminal: MRSA Title 26, Chapter 3, Section 46: Upon conviction, fine up to $10,000 or imprisonment for up to 6 months, or both. For second and subsequent convictions, upon conviction, fine up to $20,000 or imprisonment for up to 1 year, or both
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