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 regulatory program. Therefore, the federal Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act) governs occupational safety and health requirements, including training, in the private sector (private businesses and nonprofit organizations). There are no safety and health training rules for public sector (state and local government operations) workplaces.
See the national analysis TRAINING for federal Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) training requirements.
OSHA administers and enforces occupational safety and health requirements in the private sector in Rhode Island. The Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training Occupational Safety Unit administers and enforces occupational safety and health rules in public sector workplaces.