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HR and Workplace Safety: District of Columbia

HR and Workplace Safety (OSHA Compliance) requirements for other states

Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.

Authors: Stuart R. Buttrick, Susan W. Kline and Tareen Zafrullah, Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP


  • The District of Columbia does not have a state plan. See Overview.
  • The Department of Employment Services and the Office of Risk Management provide consultation services to private and public employers, respectively. See Consultation Services.
  • Under District of Columbia law, District government employees have the same rights given to private employees under OSHA. See District Public Employees' Rights.
  • Public employees are required to give notice of injuries in tort and worker's compensation claims. Private employees must give notice of injuries in worker's compensation claims. See Statutes of Limitation.
  • Employers must be cognizant of several safety management laws, including unique District driving laws and post-accident drug testing regulations. See Safety Management.