Common safety issues
Federal OSHA does not regulate or enforce workplace safety and health in state and local government workplaces. However, OSHA has authorized 25 states, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands to regulate workplace safety and health in municipalities and local governments. Many of these states have adopted the federal OSHA rules, while some have adopted rules that are stricter than OSHA regulations.
Several other states regulate local government worker safety and health without federal OSHA oversight or funding. A handful of states do not regulate worker safety and health in any public sector workplaces, but there may still be workers’ compensation insurance requirements that apply.
Use the following chart to determine which regulations apply to municipal workers in your state:
Public-Sector Worker Safety and Health Requirements by State
This resource center contains a non-exhaustive selection of documents covering issues that apply to many municipalities. To determine which issues apply to your workplace, conduct a job hazard analysis.