Comparison: State vs. Federal
New Jersey private sector workplaces (private businesses and nonprofit organizations) are governed by the federal occupational safety and health rules. The state has a federally approved occupational safety and health regulatory program only for public sector employers (government offices and operations). New Jersey has adopted the federal recordkeeping standards by reference and has adopted a requirement concerning the exemption from recordkeeping and a requirement for hazard communication training records that are stricter than the federal rules. See the state analysis HAZARD COMMUNICATION STANDARD for more information. See the TABLE in this section for state-specific safety requirements.
See the national analysis RECORDKEEPING for more information on federal recordkeeping requirements.
The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration administers and enforces occupational safety and health recordkeeping requirements in the private sector workplace. The New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development regulates injury and illness recordkeeping for public sector workplaces.