Workforce Regulation and Safety enforces the safety laws that protect Rhode Island’s workforce, including: Fair collection of wages; Child labor laws; Safety in public buildings; Trade licensing; Apprenticeship training; Hazardous substance exposure; Weights and measures; and Prevailing wage laws. This is accomplished through licensing, inspection programs, educational programs and labor law enforcement.
Labor Standards is charged with
administering and enforcing the labor laws that affect the workforce within the State of Rhode Island.
The Occupational Safety Unit protects the public and private sector by enforcing health and safety standards for state agencies, public buildings, and city and town educational facilities, and by educating the public regarding these standards.
Professional Regulation oversees the licensure, testing, registration, and
discipline of many trade occupations,and oversees 7 licensing Boards whose members represent the various professions.
The unit administers examinations to electricians, hoisting engineers, pipefitters, refrigeration technicians, fire protection sprinkler fitters, sheet metal workers, plumbers and telecommunication system
contractors and installers.
Prevailing Wage and Apprenticeship also fall under Professional Regulation.