Comparison: State vs. Federal
New Jersey has a federally approved occupational safety and health regulatory program for public sector employers (government offices and operations) only. Private sector workplaces (private businesses and nonprofit organizations) are governed by the federal Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act). The state’s Public Employees’ Occupational Safety and Health (PEOSH) Act has adopted the federal standards by reference and has adopted its own stricter requirements for hazard communication (right to know) for workers in public sector workplaces. See the TABLE for state-specific safety training requirements.
See the national TRAINING regulatory analysis for more information.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) administers and enforces occupational safety and health, including training requirements, in the private sector. The New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development (LWD) administers and enforces public sector safety training requirements.