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.
Any person, employer, or contractor who bids on a state or local government construction project worth $100,00 or more must implement an OSHA 10-hour construction safety program for his or her on-site employees.
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 and for the OSHA 10-hour training requirements for construction contractors.
CONSTRUCTION CONTRACTOR OSHA 10-HOUR TRAINING
RI Gen. Laws 37-23-1 to 37-23-12
All contractors who bid on municipal and state construction projects with a total project cost of $100,000 or more must provide an OSHA 10-hour construction safety program for their on-site employees in order to be awarded the contract.
Trainers must document that they have been authorized through the federal OSHA Outreach Training Program to conduct the 10-hour construction safety program training.
Every contractor employee must carry a card issued by OSHA ...