Publication Date: 
Wednesday, April 1, 2015

This collection of five maps explores state health and safety standards in 25 states and five industries: agriculture, construction, general industry, maritime, mining, and oil and gas.

Safety and health regulations and laws (also known as “standards”) can prevent deaths, injuries, and illnesses that can occur on the job. The 1970 Occupational Safety and Health Act established OSHA to protect workers from occupational safety and health hazards. The Act also permitted states to substitute their own rulemaking and enforcement agencies for federal OSHA, as long as the state programs are “at least as effective” as the federal agency. Each industry page includes standards in the 25 states with such agencies: