Division of Labor and Industry


MOSH Instruction 11-9 - Local Emphasis Program (LEP) - Public Sector

Subject: MOSH Instruction 11-9 - Local Emphasis Program (LEP) - Public Sector
Effective Date: October 1, 2010
Issuance Date: October 1, 2011 
Cancellation: This is a new LEP
Expiration Date: October 1, 2012
Purpose: This Instruction establishes a Local Emphasis program for Public Sector employers in the State of Maryland.
Scope: This Instruction applies MOSH-wide.
Contact: Chief of MOSH Compliance Services
10946 Golden West Drive, Suite 160
Hunt Valley, MD. 21031
See MOSH Website for Current Information
By and Under the Authority of: Eric M. Uttenreither, Assistant Commissioner


Employees in the public sector work in some of the most dangerous jobs in Maryland. MOSH focuses programmed inspections on public sector employers each year. Historically in Maryland, public sector occupations hold one of the highest total recordable case (TRC) rates. The TRC rate is based on recordable nonfatal injuries or illnesses per 100 full time workers. In 2009 Maryland had over 2300 establishments within the public sector; these establishments employed nearly 350,000 people. Since 1998 Maryland has had an average TRC of 6.6, this compared to a 4.2 TRC rate in Maryland private sector establishments. It is believed through a local emphasis program that increases awareness and accelerates enforcement and outreach activities, injuries and illnesses can be reduced.


MOSH compliance personnel shall ensure that the procedures contained in this Instruction are followed when conducting this LEP. MOSH Outreach will continue to encourage public sector participation in training, education, and alliance activities.


  1. The Chief of Compliance, or designee, will utilize available resources in conjunction with state maintained data to determine potential inspection sites.

  2. Consultation shall consider public sector visits under this LEP as high hazard establishments for coding and scheduling purposes.

Recording in IMIS

The IMIS identifier code to be used in item 25c and 25f on the OSHA-1 will be “PUBLIC SECTOR”.

cc: J. Ronald DeJuliis, Commissioner, Division of Labor and Industry
Craig D. Lowry, Deputy Commissioner, Division of Labor and Industry
Jonathan Krasnoff, Assistant Attorney General
Office of Administrative Hearings

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