Rhode Island Enforcement laws & safety compliance analysis

Rhode Island Enforcement : What you need to know

Comparison: State vs. Federal

• Rules. The federal OSH Act governs safety and health in Rhode Island private sector workplaces. Rhode Island has adopted penalties for public (state, county, and local government offices and operations) sector workplaces that are stricter and, in some cases, less strict than federal penalties.

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• Administration and enforcement. OSHA administers safety and health rules in private sector workplaces. DLT administers and enforces occupational safety and health rules in public sector workplaces, which include construction contractors hired by government entities.

Requirements

TABLE 1: VIOLATIONS OF SAFETY LAWS

DISCUSSION

TABLE 1: VIOLATIONS OF SAFETY LAWS
Prohibited Act Penalty
OSHA Public Sector: Willful or repeat violation that results in death or serious injury to employees Civil:RI Gen. Laws 28-20-18:Up to $10,000 each violation
OSHA Public Sector: Serious violation Civil:RI Gen. Laws 28-20-18:Up to $1,000 each violation
OSHA Public Sector: Violation other than serious Civil:RI Gen. Laws 28-20-18:Up to $1,000 each violation
OSHA Public Sector: Failure to correct a violation Civil:RI Gen. Laws 28-20-18:Up to $1,000 each day the violation continues
OSHA Public Sector: Violations of posting requirements Civil:RI Gen. Laws 28-20-18:Up to $1,000 for each violation
OSHA Public Sector: Giving advance notice of an inspection Criminal:RI Gen. Laws 28-20-18:Up to $1,000 and/or 1 year's imprisonment
OSHA Public Sector: Making false statements, representations, or certification Criminal:RI Gen. Laws 28-20-18:Up to $10,000 and/or 1 year's imprisonment
OSHA Public Sector: Interfering with officials in the performance of their duties Criminal:RI Gen. Laws 28-20-18:Up to $500 and/or 1 year's imprisonment
DISCUSSION

The federal ...


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