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State Occupational Safety and Health Administrations

State equivalents of the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) are listed below.

About State Occupational Safety and Health Administrations

With approval from OSHA, states (and U.S. territories) may set their own safety and health standards that are equal to or better than the Federal standards enforced by OSHA. Many states have, and enforce their safety and health standards through state OSHA equivalents.

State Occupational Safety and Health Administrations protect the safety and health of state and municipal public-sector workers. Most also protect private-sector workers. The few that protect only public-sector workers are listed separately below.

Although Occupational Safety and Health Administration or OSHA is the common name for each of the state-equivalent agencies, some go by variations of the name, as shown below. Regardless, most are the safety and health divisions of state labor departments.

Filing Complaints with State Occupational Safety and Health Administrations

Protected workers who reasonably believe that their employers are endangering their safety or health, may file complaints with either OSHA or its state equivalent. Employers may not rightfully retaliate against "whistleblowers" who file safety or health complaints with OSHA or state equivalents, even if it turns out that the employers were not violating standards.

State Occupational Safety and Health Administrations

If you're a private-sector worker, but your state (or U.S. territory) isn't listed below, then you are protected by the relevant regional office of the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

State Occupational Safety and Health Administrations - Public Sector Only

The following state Occupational Safety and Health Administrations protect only state and municipal, public-sector workers. If you are a private-sector worker, then you are protected by the relevant regional office of the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

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