Safety

Safety in the United States

Legal Materials

The Consumer Products Safety Commission is often a good first stop for safety information – check out their web site and/or call them. In addition, CCH publishes aConsumer Products Safety Guide, which brings together most of the relevant statutes, regulations, cases, etc.

The Lloyd Sealy Library at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice collects materials on fire safety.

SaferProducts.gov allows people to report and look up safety problems with consumer products.

Accidents: For information about airplane, railroad and automobile accidents see the Transportation entry in this Legal Encyclopedia.

Recalls: Information about major product recalls is posted by Recalls.gov, The Notice Company and the Consumer Products Safety Commission, which also links to recall information posted by other governmenthttp://www.recalls.gov/ agencies. Justia organizes recalls by category so you can look up what agency handles recalls for a particular product.

Public Safety and Emergency Management

Public safety and emergency management have always been critical functions of state government, but in the wake of the 9/11 attack, the role of these agencies in the enhanced national security network is even more important.

Departments of public safety are usually run the state’s highway patrol or state police and their training facilities. Some departments may also include the state bureau of investigation, crime lab, division of fire safety, commercial carrier inspection and weight load management office, office of narcotics enforcement, or state public safety telecommunications network.

Some states handle their motor vehicle registrations out of their departments of public safety.

Departments of emergency management assist the state in preparing for and coping with such natural or man-made disasters as floods, fire, earthquakes, tornadoes, hurricanes, drought, epidemics, electrical or computer outages, and terrorist attacks.

Public Safety and Emergency Management Online Resources

On state public safety websites, visitors may:

  • Report a crime
  • File an accident report
  • See lists of sex offenders, fugitives, or missing persons
  • Check a criminal records database
  • Get information on Internet or computer crime, viruses, or identity theft
  • License a handgun
  • Get traffic safety tips
  • See Amber Alerts for missing children
  • Watch training videos on safety issues
  • Consult crime statistics
  • Learn about state and national homeland security efforts

On emergency management websites, visitors may get information on:

  • Current emergency alerts, including weather forecasts
  • Preparing families, the elderly, businesses, farms and schools for emergencies
  • Disaster relief, including personal assistance funding, temporary housing, and public assistance
  • Federally-declared disaster regions in a state, relief application deadlines and assessment forms
  • Emergency preparedness plans
  • Safe room or shelter initiatives and grants
  • Safe cleanup practices

Some emergency management departments also deal with hazardous materials.

Historical Websites:

Alabama
Alaska
Arizona
Arkansas
California
Colorado
Connecticut
Delaware
Florida
Georgia
Hawaii
Idaho
Illinois
Indiana
Iowa
Kansas
Kentucky
Louisiana
Maine
Maryland
Massachusetts
Michigan
Minnesota
Mississippi
Missouri
Montana
Nebraska
Nevada
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New Mexico
New York
North Carolina
North Dakota
Ohio
Oklahoma
Oregon
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island
South Carolina
South Dakota
Tennessee
Texas
Utah
Vermont
Virginia
Washington
West Virginia
Wisconsin
Wyoming

Safety and the State Laws

Select from the list of U.S. States below for state-specific information on Safety:

 

Safety in State Statute Topics

Concept of Safety in relation to Safe Place

Definition of Safety in this context: The principal component of trauma-sensitive practice, establishing a sense of physical, psychological, and emotional security throughout the health center and its activities.

Safety in relation to Local Government Regulatory Functions

Find out in this American legal Encyclopedia the information on Safety in relation to Local Government Regulatory Power and Function (and in the context of local government law).

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See Also

  • Local Goverment Regulation
  • Local Law Regulation
  • Local Government Power

Safety (Prisoner Rights)

This section introduces, discusses and describes the basics of safety. Then, cross references and a brief overview about Prisoner Rights is provided. Finally, the subject of Civil Rights Law in relation with safety is examined. Note that a list of cross references, bibliography and other resources appears at the end of this entry.

Finding the law: Safety in the U.S. Code

A collection of general and permanent laws relating to safety, passed by the United States Congress, are organized by subject matter arrangements in the United States Code (U.S.C.; this label examines safety topics), to make them easy to use (usually, organized by legal areas into Titles, Chapters and Sections). The platform provides introductory material to the U.S. Code, and cross references to case law. View the U.S. Code’s table of contents here.

Safety

In Legislation

Safety in the U.S. Code: Title 49, Subtitle VII, Part A, Subpart iii

The current, permanent, in-force federal laws regulating safety are compiled in the United States Code under Title 49, Subtitle VII, Part A, Subpart iii. It constitutes “prima facie” evidence of statutes relating to Transportation (including safety) of the United States. The reader can further narrow his/her legal research of the general topic (in this case, Aviation Programs and Transport Programs and Safety of the US Code, including safety) by chapter and subchapter.

Safety

In Legislation

Safety in the U.S. Code: Title 49, Subtitle V, Part A

The current, permanent, in-force federal laws regulating safety are compiled in the United States Code under Title 49, Subtitle V, Part A. It constitutes “prima facie” evidence of statutes relating to Transportation (including safety) of the United States. The reader can further narrow his/her legal research of the general topic (in this case, Rail Programs and Transport Programs and Safety of the US Code, including safety) by chapter and subchapter.

Safety

In Legislation

Safety in the U.S. Code: Title 49, Subtitle VIII, Chapter 601

The current, permanent, in-force federal laws regulating safety are compiled in the United States Code under Title 49, Subtitle VIII, Chapter 601. It constitutes “prima facie” evidence of statutes relating to Transportation (including safety) of the United States. The reader can further narrow his/her legal research of the general topic (in this case, Safety and Pipelines of the US Code, including safety) by chapter and subchapter.

Resources

See Also

Automobiles
Crime Statistics
Material Safety Data Sheets
Product Reviews and Related Information
Science and Engineering
Standards
Toys
Transportation

Further Reading

Safety: Open and Free Legal Research of US Law

Federal Primary Materials

The U.S. federal government system consists of executive, legislative, and judicial branches, each of which creates information that can be the subject of legal research about Safety. This part provides references, in relation to Safety, to the legislative process, the federal judiciary, and the primary sources of federal law (cases, statutes, and regulations).

Federal primary materials about Safety by content types:

Laws and Regulations

US Constitution
Federal Statutory Codes and Legislation

Federal Case Law and Court Materials

U.S. Courts of Appeals
United States courts of appeals, inclouding bankruptcy courts and bankcruptcy appellate panels:

Federal Administrative Materials and Resources

Presidential Materials

Materials that emanate from the President’s lawmaking function include executive orders for officers in departments and agencies and proclamations for announcing ceremonial or commemorative policies. Presidential materials available include:

Executive Materials

Federal Legislative History Materials

Legislative history traces the legislative process of a particular bill (about Safety and other subjects) for the main purpose of determining the legislators’ intent behind the enactment of a law to explain or clarify ambiguities in the language or the perceived meaning of that law (about Safety or other topics), or locating the current status of a bill and monitoring its progress.

State Administrative Materials and Resources

State regulations are rules and procedures promulgated by state agencies (which may apply to Safety and other topics); they are a binding source of law. In addition to promulgating regulations, state administrative boards and agencies often have judicial or quasi-judicial authority and may issue administrative decisions affecting Safety. Finding these decisions can be challenging. In many cases, researchers about Safety should check state agency web sites for their regulations, decisions, forms, and other information of interest.

State rules and regulations are found in codes of regulations and administrative codes (official compilation of all rules and regulations, organized by subject matter). Search here:

State opinions of the Attorney General (official written advisory opinions on issues of state law related to Safety when formerly requested by a designated government officer):

Tools and Forms

Law in Other Regions

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