Standard Interpretations - Table of Contents
• Standard Number: 1903.2(a); 1975.5; 1952; 1960.1(e)

January 14, 1994

Mr. Charles P. Reina
1023 Hickory Street
Scranton, Pennsylvania 18505

Dear Mr. Reina:

This is in further response to your letter of November 18, 1993 to Secretary Robert B. Reich requesting information about coverage and posting requirements under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (the Act).

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) does not have jurisdiction over State and local government employees (firemen and policemen). If, however, a State administers its own occupational safety and health program, in accordance with Section 18 of the Act, the State must cover State and local employees. Twenty-three States and two territories cover State and local government employees under a plan approved and monitored by OSHA. These States are: Alaska, Arizona, California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Virgin Islands, Virginia, Washington, and Wyoming.

Employers must post the Occupational Safety and Health notice (the poster), as stated in Section 1903.2(a) of Title 29 of the Code of Federal Regulations. As the regulations state, the employer must post a notice (to be furnished by OSHA) to inform employees of the protections and obligations provided under the Act. The notice also informs the employees that for assistance and information, including copies of the Act and specific safety and health standards, employees should contact the employer or the nearest OSHA office.

In accordance with Executive Order 12196, issued February 26, 1980, and 29 C