Pennsylvania Enforcement laws & safety compliance analysis

Pennsylvania Enforcement : What you need to know

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules.Pennsylvania is not a "state plan" state; that is, it does not have a federally approved occupational safety and health regulatory program. Consequently, the federal OSH Act governs workplace safety and health in the private sector in Pennsylvania. Public sector employers are subject to the employee hazard communication requirements of the state Worker and Community Right-to-Know Act.

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Administration and enforcement. OSHA administers and enforces all workplace safety and health regulations in the private sector in Pennsylvania. DOLI administers and enforces all workplace health and safety requirements in the public sector. PENNDOT's Motor Carrier Division administers and enforces rules for hazardous materials carriers.

Requirements

TABLE 1: VIOLATIONS OF SAFETY LAWS

TABLE 2: VIOLATIONS OF HAZARDOUS MATERIALS TRANSPORTATION LAWS

DISCUSSION

TABLE 1: VIOLATIONS OF SAFETY LAWS
Prohibited Act Penalties
OSHA: Falsifying documents, preparing a fraudulent material safety data sheet, or refusing to comply with the chemical right-to-know law Civil:35 Pa. Stat. 7316:Up to $10,000 per violationCriminal:35 Pa. Stat. 7316:Up to $10,000 and/or a first-degree misdemeanor
TABLE 2: VIOLATIONS OF HAZARDOUS MATERIALS TRANSPORTATION LAWS
Prohibited Act Administrative Penalty
Hazardous materials transportation: Violation of hazardous materials laws, regulations, or department orders Criminal:75 Pa. Stat. 8306(a) and 75 Pa. Stat. 8306(d):Up to $1,000 per offense; each day of a continued or permit conditions violation is a separate offense
Hazardous materials transportation: Failure to pay fines in connection with hazmat violations Criminal:75 Pa. Stat. 8306(a):90 days' imprisonment
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