• Rules. Texas is not a “state-plan” state; that is, it does not have its own occupational safety and health regulatory program. The federal rules govern workplace safety and health in private sector workplaces (private businesses and nonprofit organizations).
The state has adopted hazard communication requirements for public (government operations, offices, and public schools) sector workplaces and for farmworkers that are stricter than federal rules. See the state section HAZARD COMMUNICATION STANDARD for more information.
Certain employers with high-hazard workplaces and insured under workers’ compensation requirements must obtain safety consultations and develop accident prevention plans (APPs). Contact the insurer for more information.
• Administration and enforcement. OSHA administers and enforces workplace safety and health standards in the private sector. The Department of State and Health Services (DSHS) administers the hazard communication program for public sector workplaces. The Texas Department of Agriculture and DSHS enforce farmworker health and safety rules. The Texas Department of Insurance administers workers’ compensation requirements for APPs.
PUBLIC SECTOR DEFINED
The Texas Hazard Communication Act applies only to public sector employers in the state. A “public sector employer” is defined as a state, county, or municipal agency; a public school; a college or university; a river authority or publicly owned utility; a volunteer emergency service organization; and other similar employers that are political subdivisions of the state.
A “public sector workplace” means an establishment, jobsite, or project at one geographical location containing one ...