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New York Hazard Communication: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act), 29 USC 651 to 678 and regulations at 29 CFR 1910.1200

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Workers' Right-to-Know Law, Labor Law (LAB) 28-875 to 28-883, and regulations at 12 New York Codes, Rules, and Regulations (NYCRR) 820.1 to 820.7

Public sector:

Education and training: 12 NYCRR 820.4

Recordkeeping and reporting: 12 NYCRR 820.5

Posting notices: 12 NYCRR 820.3

Employee rights: LAB 28-876 and 12 NYCRR 820.3

Regulatory Agencies

U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Region 2

New York State Department of Labor Division of Safety & Health Public Employee Safety and Health Bureau (PESH)

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. New York has a federally approved occupational safety and health regulatory program, but it applies to public (state and local governments) sector employers only. This means that while public sector employers must follow the state rules, private employers are regulated by the federal Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act). New York has adopted the standards of the federal OSH Act in their entirety, and public employers are also subject to recordkeeping, reporting, and training provisions of the state workplace right-to-know law that are stricter than federal rules.

Administration and Enforcement. OSHA administers and enforces safety and health regulations in private sector workplaces. PESH enforces and administers the worker health and safety rules in public sector workplaces.

State Requirements

THE PUBLIC SECTOR

Public sector workplaces include subway tunnels, public landfills, ...


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