Public Sector Workplace Safety & Health
The Maine Department of Labor enforces occupational safety and health regulations in public sector workplaces, including: state, county and municipal workplaces; public schools, colleges and universities; and quasi-government agencies such as water districts.
Board of Occupational Safety and Health: Rules Update
Summary: The purpose of this Chapter is to incorporate by reference rules governing Occupational Safety and Health in general industry employment as promulgated by the Federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration at 29 CFR Part 1910 as most recently amended as of June 1, 2017.
Summary: The purpose of this Chapter is to incorporate by reference certain rules governing Occupational Safety and Health in construction industry employment as promulgated by the Federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration at 29-CFR Part 1926 as most recently amended as of June 1, 2017.
Safety and Health Standards
Public safety and health rules are developed by the Maine Board of Occupational Safety and Health. They generally follow but are not necessarily identical to OSHA regulations covering private sector employers.
The Maine Department of Labor conducts workplace inspections of public sector worksites. Under state law, Maine Department of Labor Public Sector Enforcement Officers may enter a workplace to examine conditions that may affect the safety or health of employees.
Emergency Notification - (207) 592-4501
Public sector employers are required to report all work related fatalities, or injuries or illnesses where one or more public sector employees is admitted to a medical facility. Statute for fatality and injury reporting criteria.
All incidents should be reported as soon as possible to the Maine Department of Labor at (207) 592-4501 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. At a minimum, all fatalities must be reported within 8 hours, and hospitalizations must be reported within 24 hours.
Public Notice and Complaints
Public sector employers must post information about the safety rights of employees. Any public sector employee who believes there is a safety violation in the workplace may request a compliance inspection by sending in a complaint form or calling Public Sector Enforcement at 207-623-7900 or TTY: Maine relay 711.
No cost Consultation Services
Maine public sector workplaces can get free, voluntary, non-enforcement safety and health training or consultation from SafetyWorks!
Safety Laws and Regulations
- OSHA Regulations - 29 CFR 1910 and 1926
- Maine Laws Governing Public Sector Employee Safety - Title 26 Chapter 6
- Public Sector Recordkeeping Rules
- Compliance Directives For Public Sector Employers
- Hazardous Occupation Rules for Young Workers
- Respiratory Protection Standard for Maine Public Sector
- Ladder Safety for Fire Departments
- Traffic Control at Emergency Scenes
- Model Policy for Volunteer Firefighters