Comparison: State vs. Federal
Rhode Island is not a “state plan” state; that is, it does not have a federally approved occupational safety and health program. Therefore, the federal OSH Act governs workplace safety and health in the private sector (private businesses and nonprofit organizations). Public sector workplaces must comply with state rules, which mirror federal rules for recordkeeping.
Rhode Island has adopted the federal OSHA safety and health standards by reference, including recordkeeping for illnesses and injuries, medical records, and safety data sheets.
See the national section RECORDKEEPING for more information.
The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration enforces worker safety and health recordkeeping rules for private sector workplaces. The Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training administers and enforces the occupational safety and health rules in public sector workplaces.