Rhode Island Inspections laws & safety compliance analysis

Rhode Island Inspections : What you need to know

Comparison: State vs. Federal

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

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See the TABLE for state agency inspection requirements related to hazardous materials motor carriers.

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

Rhode Island does not have a federally approved occupational safety and health regulatory program. Therefore, the federal rules govern workplace safety and health in the private sector (commercial establishments, nonprofit organizations, and private businesses except private schools). The state has adopted the federal workplace safety and health standards by reference, including inspections, for public sector employers (state buildings, county and local government offices and operations, school systems, and commissions).

The Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training administers safety and health inspection requirements in public sector workplaces. The Rhode Island State Police enforce the hazardous materials and motor carrier safety regulations in the state.

State Requirements
Item Frequency
Hazardous materials—Motor carriersRhode Island General Laws 31-23-1 The Department of Revenue, the state police, and local law enforcement officials with proper identification may examine all equipment of motor carriers and/or lessors and perform inspections of motor carrier vehicles in operation. They may inspect, examine, and copy all accounts, books, records, memoranda, correspondence, and other documents of the motor carriers and/or lessors and the documents, accounts, books, records, correspondence, ...

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