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HR and Workplace Safety: Massachusetts

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

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

Author: Leanne Coffman


  • Private sector employers in Massachusetts are under the jurisdiction of federal OSHA. See Federal OSHA.
  • Massachusetts has additional requirements that apply to public workers, including asbestos, lead and hazardous chemicals in the workplace. See Additional State-Specific Compliance Requirements.
  • Massachusetts has a three year statute of limitations for individuals to sue for personal injuries, such as for injuries or illnesses caused by toxic chemicals. See Statute of Limitations for Toxic Chemicals.
  • The state has enacted laws that make texting and driving a primary offense for all drivers. See Driving Policies.
  • Massachusetts does not have specific drug and alcohol testing laws governing private employers, but privacy of individuals should be considered. See Drug and Alcohol Testing as a Safety Measure.