OSHA Restructures Regional Operations

OSHA Restructures Regional Operations

May 9, 2024
A new regional office is created, while two regions are merged.

On May 8, OSHA announced strategic changes to the structure of its regional operations. The aim was to direct its resources effectively and make the agency more resilient.

The changes include the creation of a new OSHA regional office in Birmingham, Alabama, overseeing agency operations in the state, and those in Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee as well as the Florida Panhandle.

The Birmingham Region will address the area’s growing worker population and the hazardous work done by people employed in food processing, construction, heavy manufacturing and chemical processing.

OSHA is also planning to merge Regions 9 and 10 into a new San Francisco Region to improve operations and reduce operating costs. 

The changes reflect the nation’s demographic and industrial changes since the passage of the OSH Act and will allow our professionals to better respond to the needs of all workers, including those historically underserved,” explained Assistant Secretary for Occupational Safety and Health Doug Parker, in a statement. “With a stronger enforcement presence in the South and more consolidated state oversight and whistleblower presence in the West — an area dominated by states that operate their OSHA programs — we can direct our resources where they’re needed most.”

As part of the changes, the agency will also rename its regions to associate them by geography, rather than its current practice of assigning numbers to regions. As such, the area OSHA calls Region 4 will be renamed the Atlanta Region with jurisdiction over Florida, excluding the Panhandle, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina. The current Region 6 will be renamed the Dallas Region and have jurisdiction over workplace safety issues in New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas. 

OSHA plans to fully transition to its new regional structure later in fiscal year 2024. Once implemented, the agency’s regional maps and contact information online will be updated publicly.

The composition of OSHA’s other regions will remain the same. When completed, the agency will rename its regions as follows:

Current regional assignment

New regional designation

Region 1

Boston Region

Region 2

New York City Region

Region 3

Philadelphia Region

Region 4

Atlanta Region

Region 5

Chicago Region

Region 6

Dallas Region

Region 7

Kansas City Region

Region 8

Colorado Region

Regions 9 and 10

San Francisco Region


Birmingham Region

View a map of OSHA’s new regional structure and boundaries.

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