New Jersey OSHA laws & safety compliance analysis

New Jersey OSHA : What you need to know

Rules. Private sector (private businesses and nonprofit organizations) workplaces are governed by the federal OSH Act.

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Public sector (government offices and operations) employers in New Jersey are governed by a federally approved state occupational safety and health regulatory program. The state’s PEOSH Act has adopted the federal standards by reference. For more information, see the national section OSHA.

The state has adopted hazard communication, or worker right-to-know, requirements that are stricter than federal requirements for public sector workplaces. For more information, see the state section HAZARD COMMUNICATION STANDARD.

Administration and enforcement. OSHA administers and enforces occupational safety and health requirements in the private sector workplace. LWD administers and enforces New Jersey’s occupational safety requirements in public sector workplaces. DHSS administers and enforces occupational health requirements and all worker right-to-know requirements in public sector workplaces.

Definition of Public Sector Employer
NJSA 34:6A-27 and NJAC 12:110-2.1

A public sector employer is any:

  • State agency or department, division, board, council, bureau, or other political subdivision;
  • County and local agencies, departments, boards, bureaus, or other political subdivisions; and
  • School district or other special purpose district.
NJSA 34:6A-33

All public sector employers must comply with the state workplace safety and health rules adopted under the PEOSH Act.


Public sector workplace safety and health rules are administered by two agencies:

  • LWD’s OPEOSH administers and enforces the PEOSH Act throughout the state, ...

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