Alabama Inspections laws & safety compliance analysis

Alabama Inspections : What you need to know

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Alabama is not a state-plan state; thus, private sector workplaces in Alabama are subject to the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) rules regarding inspections. There is no state law that governs workplace safety in the public sector (state and local agencies, school systems, etc.).

OSHA administers and enforces federal workplace safety and health requirements in the private sector in Alabama.

For additional information about the federal rules, see the national section INSPECTIONS.

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Alabama state agencies are permitted, and in some cases required, to conduct inspections under state hazardous materials transportation regulations. See the TABLE for state agency inspection requirements for hazardous materials motor carriers.

The Alabama Department of Public Safety (DPS) and the Alabama Public Service Commission enforce the hazardous materials transportation regulations in Alabama.

State Requirements
TABLE: AGENCY INSPECTIONS—HAZARDOUS MATERIALS MOTOR CARRIERS
Item Frequency
Hazardous materials—Motor carriersAlabama Code (Ala. Code) 32-9A-3 Any records required to be maintained by operators of commercial motor vehicles must be open to inspection during the normal business hours of a carrier by the DPS. The inspection may be made without a warrant. The DPS may also go on the property of an operator of a commercial motor vehicle to conduct inspections of facilities and records to ensure compliance with applicable state and federal laws and regulations governing commercial motor vehicle operations.

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