Comparison: State vs. Federal
Arkansas is not a “state plan” state; that is, it does not have a federally approved occupational safety and health regulatory program. Therefore, private sector workplaces must follow federal safety and health requirements. Public sector employers are governed by the state’s safety and health inspection rules, which are significantly less comprehensive than federal requirements.
The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) administers and enforces occupational safety and health rules in the private sector in Arkansas. The Arkansas Department of Labor’s Arkansas Occupational Safety and Health Division investigates complaints, accidents, and fatalities in public sector workplaces and checks for violations of state safety and health regulations.