Florida Inspections laws & safety compliance analysis

Florida Inspections : What you need to know

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Florida state agencies are permitted, and in some cases required, to conduct inspections under state hazardous materials transportation regulations.

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Florida is not a “state-plan” state; that is, its occupational safety and health regulatory program has not been approved by OSHA. The OSH Act governs the private sector workplace in Florida. There are no federal or state workplace safety and health rules for public sector employers that are not federal agencies.

See the TABLE for state agency inspections requirements for environmental and hazardous materials motor carriers.

See the national section INSPECTIONS for the federal inspection requirements.

The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) administers and enforces occupational safety and health requirements for private sector employers in Florida.

The Florida Department of Transportation’s (FDOT) Motor Carrier Compliance Office enforces the federal regulations governing the transportation of hazardous materials on the state’s highways. The Florida Highway Patrol and local enforcement agencies are also authorized to enforce the regulations if the situation presents itself.

State Requirements
TABLE: AGENCY INSPECTIONS-HAZARDOUS MATERIALS MOTOR CARRIERS
Item Frequency
Hazardous materials—Motor carriersFS 316.302 Any law enforcement officer of the FDOT or duly appointed agent who holds a current safety inspector certification from the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance may require the driver of any commercial vehicle operated on the highways of this state to stop and submit to an inspection of the vehicle or the driver’s records.

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