Comparison: State vs. Federal
The federal Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act) governs workplace safety and health, including training requirements, in the private sector (private businesses and nonprofit organizations). Public sector employers (state, county, and municipal offices and operations) are subject to state requirements, including worker right to know. The Massachusetts Department of Public Safety (DPS) has additional licensure requirements that are stricter than federal rules—for both private and public sector employers—for all hoisting machinery operators in the commonwealth. See the TABLE for state-specific workplace safety and hoisting machinery training requirements.
For information on the federal training requirements, see the national section TRAINING.
The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) administers and enforces occupational safety and health, including training requirements, in the private sector workplace. The DPS administers and enforces hoisting machinery licensing requirements in public and private workplaces.