Regulatory enforcement and workplace inspections

General description

Wisconsin Statute 101.055 grants representatives of the Department of Safety and Professional Services (SPS) the right to inspect any public sector place of employment in order to determine whether an employer is in compliance with the Department’s safety and health standards.

Wisconsin Administrative Code also covers public employee safety in SPS 332.

Required postings

Hazardous Chemicals in the Workplace Poster

Public Employee Safety and Health Poster


Other information

Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services complaint registration form

Checklist for Department of Safety and Professional Services Occupational Safety Inspections

Wisconsin Permissible Exposure Limits (PEL's) —Wisconsin's public employees are protected from air contaminants per Comm 32.35, which references OSHA's PEL's from 1992, which in some instances are more stringent than current OSHA PEL's.


If you have any questions, contact us at OSLP.


This publication was prepared for environmental, health and safety staff at University of Wisconsin System campuses, to assist in finding resources and information for regulatory compliance. It is not intended to render legal advice.
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