Comparison: State vs. Federal
Rules. Maryland is a “state plan” state that federal OSHA has given authority to regulate workplace safety and health. Both public (state and local government offices and operations) and private sector employers have to comply with the state’s workplace safety and health regulations. Penalties, however, do not apply to public sector workplaces. Maryland has not yet updated its civil penalty amounts for private sector workplaces to correspond with federal OSHA’s recent increases; therefore, penalties for violations of workplace safety and health rules currently remain at levels in effect prior to August 2016. See the state section OSHA for further information.
Administration and enforcement. The Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation has full authority to administer and enforce the state’s health and safety regulations and to conduct workplace inspections.