Wisconsin Enforcement laws & safety compliance analysis

Wisconsin Enforcement : What you need to know

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. Wisconsin does not have a federally approved occupational safety and health program. Consequently, the federal OSH Act governs the workplace safety and health in the private sector. The state has adopted its own penalties for violations of its workplace safety and health rules, including the hazard communication rule, for public sector workplaces.

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Administration and enforcement. OSHA administers and enforces the workplace safety and health regulations in the private sector in Wisconsin. The Department of Safety and Professional Services (DSPS) administers and enforces the state's workplace safety and health standards for public sector employers.

Requirements

TABLE 1: VIOLATIONS OF SAFETY LAWS

DISCUSSION

TABLE 1: VIOLATIONS OF SAFETY LAWS
Prohibited Act Penalty
OSHA public sector: Violation of any rule Administrative:WSA 101.055(6)(a)(1):Issuance of an order to comply
OSHA public sector: Hazard which could cause imminent death or serious harm Civil:WSA 101.055(6)(b):Injunction, or action for mandamus
OSHA public sector: Violation of the hazard communication (employee right to know) rule Civil:WSA 101.599:Up to $1,000 for each violation; up to $10,000 for each willful violation, or for each violation if a pattern of violations is detected
DISCUSSION

Wisconsin does not have a federally approved occupational safety and health program. Consequently, the federal OSH Act governs the workplace safety and health in the private sector. The state has adopted its own penalties for violations of its workplace safety and health rules, including the hazard communication rule, for public sector workplaces. See TABLE 1 for state-specific penalties for safety violations.

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