Comparison: State vs. Federal
Rhode Island 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 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.