Montana OSHA laws & safety compliance analysis

Montana OSHA : What you need to know

• Rules. Montana is not a “state plan” state; that is, it does not have a federally approved occupational safety and health regulatory program. Therefore, the federal OSH Act governs occupational safety and health in the private sector (private businesses and nonprofit organizations) workplace in Montana. For information on the federal requirements, see the national sections HAZARD COMMUNICATION STANDARD, MATERIAL SAFETY DATA SHEET, OSHA, and TRAINING.

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Public sector (local and state government offices and operations) employers in Montana are subject to state workplace safety and health requirements. State standards mirror the OSH Act requirements.

Employers in private and public sector workplaces must establish and administer a safety program, and certain employers must establish a safety committee.

• Administration and enforcement. OSHA administers and enforces occupational health and safety in private sector workplaces. DLI administers and enforces occupational safety and health in the public sector workplace, and safety program and safety committee requirements in all workplaces.

PUBLIC SECTOR EMPLOYER
ARM 24.30.102

A “public sector employer” means state agencies, county and municipal governments, city school districts, irrigation district, all other districts established by law, public corporations and quasi public corporations and public agencies.

SAFETY AND HEALTH PROGRAM
MCA 39-71-1504

Every employer. Every public and private sector employer must establish and conduct an educational-based safety plan or program for its employees. Temporary workers must be included in safety activities. DLI may issue a safety recommendation to an employer who fails to comply with the ...


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