Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA)

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration requires no licenses or permits; however, it does require the display of a poster describing relevant rights and responsibilities. Most employers must keep a log of work-related injuries and illnesses, which must be accessible to employees. Contact the state office at 225-298-5458.

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

The EPA oversees all federal environmental legislation. It also has jurisdiction over the issuance of various permits and licenses, although this jurisdiction does not extend over all states for all environmental matters.

To determine whether a particular business enterprise is subject to EPA regulations and whether the EPA or the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality is the appropriate licensing authority, contact the Region 6 Office (includes Louisiana) at 214-665-2200.

The EPA also provides toll-free hot lines to provide information on specific legislative acts and requirements. For general information about EPA requirements and about the limits of federal licensing and permitting jurisdiction, visit their website.