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.

Safety and Health

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Field Operations Manual (PDF)
  • Whistleblower (PDF)


  • 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.

Maine public sector workplaces can get free, voluntary, non-enforcement safety and health training or consultation from SafetyWorks!

If you are an employee of a state agency, county government, a municipality, or any division thereof, a water district, sewer district, school district or any other quasi-municipal agency and want to report a safety or health violation, or believes the employer has discriminated or retaliated against you for reporting an unsafe condition, please visit the Complaint Form web page.


Scroll To Top