Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. New Hampshire is not a "state plan" state; that is, it does not have a federally approved occupational safety and health regulatory program. Consequently, the federal rules govern occupational safety and health requirements in the private sector workplace. The state's Public Employee Safety and Health Law governs safety and health requirements in the public sector (state, county, and municipal governments) workplace. The state penalty requirements for public sector workplaces are less strict than federal rules. See TABLE 1 for penalties for violations of safety laws.
• Administration and enforcement. DOS administers and enforces the regulations concerning hazardous materials motor carriers. OSHA administers and enforces private sector occupational safety and health requirements in New Hampshire. New Hampshire Department of Labor's Safety and Training Division administers and enforces occupational safety and health for public sector employers.