Rules. Delaware is not a "state plan" state; that is, it does not have a federally approved occupational safety and health program. Consequently, the federal OSH Act governs workplace safety and health requirements in the private sector. There are no enforceable state safety and health rules for public (state and local government operations) sector workplaces.
Administration and enforcement. OSHA administers and enforces occupational safety and health in private sector workplaces in Delaware. DPH provides chemical information guidelines to employers.
OSHA Consultation Services
The Delaware Department of Labor's OSHA Consultation Office provides free, on-site consultation services to small businesses (fewer than 250 employees per facility, and 500 employees per company) in the state. The consultations help identify potential hazards, improve safety management systems, and assist in voluntary compliance with OSHA regulations. A consultation includes:
Health and safety appraisals of all mechanical and environmental hazards and physical practices
Review of facility safety and health program or assistance in development of a program
Management conference to discuss findings
Written report of recommendations and agreements
Training and assistance with implementing recommendations
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All services are voluntary and confidential, and there are no fines, penalties, or fees associated with the service.