Comparison: State vs. Federal
Arkansas is not a “state plan” state; that is, it does not have a federally approved occupational safety and health regulatory program. Consequently, the federal Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act) governs workplace safety and health, including training requirements, in the private sector. Public sector (state and local government operations) employers must follow state workplace safety and health training requirements, which mirror the federal requirements in most respects. The state rules for hazard communication employee education and information include a requirement for annual training that is stricter than federal rules. Also, certain employees are exempt from the employee education requirements.
See the TABLE for the state-specific safety training requirements
For information on the federal training requirements, see the national analysis TRAINING.
The Arkansas Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health (AOSH) administers safety and health rules in public sector workplaces.