Comparison: State vs. Federal
· Rules. Mississippi 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 all occupational safety and health requirements in the private sector (private businesses and nonprofit organizations) workplace. For information on the federal requirements, see the national sections HAZARD COMMUNICATION STANDARD, MATERIAL SAFETY DATA SHEET, OSHA, and TRAINING.
There is no regulation of employee safety and health in public sector (government offices and operations) workplaces.
· Administration and enforcement. OSHA administers and enforces occupational safety and health in the private sector workplace.
Mississippi State University's Center for Safety and Health (CSH) provides free safety and health program assistance to employers, especially those in smaller businesses (under 250 employees per facility and 500 worldwide). The service is funded through federal and state funds. The services provided by the CSH are free of charge, confidential, and conducted only at the request of the business employers. The CSH is staffed with experienced safety consultants and industrial hygienists that conduct consultative surveys at industrial sites, construction projects, medical facilities, and other on-site locations. During the consultation visit, an opening conference is held to present the consultant's credentials, define the consultation procedure, and explain employer's recordkeeping and program requirements under the law. Also, the employer's obligations are addressed during the opening conference. The employers must agree to correct all identified imminent danger and serious hazards. ...