Public Employee Safety & Health
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Overview

The Public Employee Safety and Health Bureau (PESH), created in 1980, enforces safety and health standards promulgated under the United States Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) and several state standards.

The Public Employee Safety and Health (PESH) Act created this unit to give occupational safety and health protection to all public sector employees.

Public sector employers include:

  • State
  • County
  • Town
  • Village governments
  • Public Authorities
  • School Districts
  • Paid and Volunteer Fire Departments

The Public Employee Safety and Health Bureau responds to:

  • Deaths related to occupational safety and health
  • Accidents that send two or more public employees to the hospital
  • Complaints from public employees or their representatives

The Public Employee Safety and Health Bureau also:

  • Inspects public employer work sites
  • Gives technical assistance during statewide emergencies  

 

See Public Employee Safety & Health Frequently Asked Questions

Services - PESH Can Help

The Enforcement branch conducts unannounced inspections. The staff will issue a “Notice of Violation and Order to Comply” for any safety and health hazards they find. They set an abatement period for the employers to come into compliance, which they will discuss at a closing conference. If the employer does not comply during the abatement period, a penalty can be imposed. The penalty (not to exceed $200 per calendar day) accumulates until compliance is achieved.

The Consultation branch provides free consultation surveys at the request of a public employer. The employer sets the scope of these surveys. The consultant provides a written report that identifies the hazards and recommends ways to correct each hazard. Consultants can also help to train employees and correct violations cited as a result of an enforcement inspection. All consultation activities are completely separate and kept confidential from the Enforcement Branch.
P206 Consultation Assistance Fact Sheet

The Public Employee Safety and Health Bureau also has created strategic workgroups for identified high-hazard jobs. These groups work with employers to lower the incidence of injuries and illnesses to public employees. Workgroups include:

  • Fire Service
  • County Police Departments
  • Long-Term Health Care

PESH can help:

  • Show employers how to remove workplace hazards, which decrease work time lost by employees and cuts insurance and manpower costs.
  • Provide training and tech tips for employers, help them comply with regulations and make employees safer.
  • Offer safety and health expertise to answer employer questions about safety and health issues or potential hazards of current/proposed equipment or procedures.
  • Help employers develop written programs required under an OSHA standard.
  • Provide the Public Employee Safety and Health Bureau speakers and presentations, give employers details on new or existing standards and help educate public sector employers on ways to reduce workplace injuries and illnesses.

File a Complaint

New York State or local government employees or their official representatives may file a complaint with the Public Employee Safety and Health Bureau if they believe a violation of a safety or health standard exists at their worksite. Download the form (PESH 7) in PDF format to file a complaint. Mail or fax the completed and signed form to the nearest Public Employee Safety and Health Bureau district office.

Petition to Modify an Abatement Date

A public sector employer may apply for a Petition to Modify an Abatement Date (PMA). This applies if the employer is unable to comply with a violation because of unavailability of professional or technical personnel, or of materials and equipment needed to come into compliance.

To be eligible for a PMA, the employer also must prove that they have:

  • Taken all available steps to protect the employees exposed to the hazard
  • Started an effective program for coming into compliance as soon as possible.

Download the PMA form (SH 971) in PDF format to file a Petition to Modify an Abatement Date.

Employee Injury and Illness Recordkeeping

Information and Forms (these must be kept for three years):

Additional Resources

How to Contact Us

Write or call the local District Office for the county where you work. Or you may use the Division of Safety & Health Regional Office Directory page to locate the Division of Safety & Health office in your area.

Albany District Office

State Office Campus, Building 12, Room 158, Albany, NY 12240
Tel. 518-457-5508 FAX 518-485-1150
Counties Served: Albany, Clinton, Columbia, Dutchess, Essex, Greene, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, Ulster, Warren, and Washington

Binghamton District Office

44 Hawley Street, 9th Floor, Binghamton, NY 13901-4409
Tel. 607-721-8211 FAX 607-721-8207
Counties Served: Allegany, Broome, Chemung, Chenango, Delaware, Otsego, Schuyler, Steuben, Sullivan, Tioga, and Tompkins

Buffalo District Office

290 Main Street, Mezzanine, Buffalo, NY 14202
Tel. 716-847-7133 FAX 716-847-7108
Counties Served: Cattaraugus,, Chautauqua, Erie, and Niagara

Garden City District Office

400 Oak Street, Suite 102, Garden City, NY 11530
Tel. 516-228-3970 FAX 516-794-7714
Counties Served: Nassau and Suffolk

New York City District Office

One Hudson Square, 75 Varick Street (7th Floor), New York, NY 10013
Tel. 212-775-3554 FAX 212-775-3542
Counties Served: Bronx, Kings, New York, Queens, and Richmond

Rochester District Office

109 South Union Street, Room 402, Rochester, NY 14607
Tel. 585-258-4570 FAX 585-258-4593
Counties Served: Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Orleans, Wayne, Wyoming, and Yates

Syracuse District Office

450 South Salina Street, Room 202, Syracuse, NY 13202
Tel. 315-479-3212 FAX 315-479-3451
Counties Served: Cayuga, Cortland, Jefferson, Onondaga, Oswego, and Seneca

Utica District Office

207 Genesee Street, Room 703A, Utica, NY 13501
Tel. 315-793-2258 FAX 315-793-2303
Counties Served: Franklin, Fulton, Hamilton, Herkimer, Lewis, Madison, Montgomery, Oneida, and St. Lawrence

White Plains District Office

120 Bloomingdale Road, Room 250, White Plains, NY 10605
Tel. 914-997-9514 FAX 914-997-9528
Counties Served: Orange, Putnam, Rockland, and Westchester