The Maryland Occupational Safety and Health (MOSH) State Plan is part of the Maryland Division of Labor and Industry. MOSH is headed by the Commissioner. Its main office is located in Hunt Valley, Maryland with field office locations in Easton, Maryland, and Hagerstown, Maryland.
MOSH has jurisdiction over all public and private sector workplaces in the state with the exception of federal employees; the United States Postal Service; private sector maritime activities (shipyard employment, marine terminals, and longshoring); and military bases which are covered under OSHA jurisdiction.
MOSH has adopted all OSHA standards that would relate to public and private sector employer operations. MOSH incorporates federal standards by reference. Therefore, the state and federal standards are identical. MOSH has adopted the following unique standards:
MOSH compliance is responsible for the enforcement of its safety and health standards. Compliance officers inspect workplaces for hazardous conditions and issue citations where violations of MOSH regulations are found. Inspections may be the result of regular scheduling, imminent danger reports, fatalities, and worker complaints or referrals. More information on enforcement in Maryland can be found on the Maryland State Plan website.
MOSH offers voluntary and cooperative programs focused on reducing injuries, illnesses, and fatalities. MOSH also offers on-site consultation services which help employers - both public and private - comply with MOSH or OSHA standards and identify and correct potential safety and health hazards. For more information on these programs, please visit the Maryland State Plan website.
MOSH conducts informal conferences in an effort to resolve contested cases. When a citation is contested, the Commissioner of Labor and Industry may appoint a Hearing Examiner to hold a hearing. For more information on these proceedings, please visit the Maryland State Plan website.
OSHA makes every effort to ensure that the information on this page is accurate and up to date, but changes in state law and procedures affecting the information on this page are beyond OSHA's control. Contact state program staff directly to verify important information.
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