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HR and Workplace Safety: Rhode Island

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 Rhode Island are under the jurisdiction of the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). See Federal OSHA.
  • The state has additional requirements that apply to private and public sector workplaces, including construction work, safe patient handling and hazardous chemicals in the workplace. See Additional State-Specific Compliance Requirements.
  • Rhode Island 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.
  • Drivers are prohibited from using a hand-held wireless communications device or phone while driving. See Driving Policies.
  • If there is reasonable suspicion of drug use, post-accident testing is allowed. See Drug and Alcohol Testing as a Safety Measure.