Montana Inspections laws & safety compliance analysis

Montana Inspections : What you need to know

Comparison: State vs. Federal

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

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Montana does not have a federally approved occupational safety and health regulatory program; therefore, private sector workplaces must comply with federal occupational safety and health standards. The state has adopted rules for regulatory agency inspections of public sector employers (local and state government offices and operations) that are less detailed than the federal inspection rules.

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

The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) enforces the safety and health inspection requirements at private sector workplaces in Montana, and the state Department of Labor and Industry administers and enforces inspection requirements affecting public facilities.

The Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) and the Montana Department of Justice (DOJ) enforce the hazardous materials transportation regulations for motor carriers in Montana.

State Requirements
Item Frequency
Hazardous materials—Motor CarriersMontana Code Annotated (MCA) 61-12-205 and Administrative Rules of Montana (ARM) 18.8.1505 When officially dressed, the MDT may make reasonable inspections of vehicle registration receipts, department receipts and registrations, special permits, and other documents required to be carried in or for a vehicle traveling on the public highways of Montana. The DOJ has implemented a safety inspection program to ...

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