Governing Law and Regulations
Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, 29 USC 651 to 678, and regulations at 29 CFR 1910.1200
Employees' Right-to-Know Law, Wisconsin Statutes Annotated (WSA) 101.58 to 101.599, and regulations at Wisconsin Administrative Code, Department of Safety and Professional Services (SPS) 335.001 to 335.02
Public sector workplaces:
Education and training: WSA 101.597
Employee rights: WSA 101.583 and WSA 101.585
Infectious agents: SPS 335.02
Posting of notices: WSA 101.581
Recordkeeping: WSA 101.583
U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services (DSPS) Safety and Buildings Division Public Sector Safety Program
See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.
See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. The federal hazard communication standard governs worker right-to-know requirements in the private (private businesses and nonprofit organizations sector workplaces. Wisconsin is not a "state plan" state; that is, it does not have a federally approved occupational safety and health regulatory program for private sector workplaces.
Public sector workplaces must follow state hazard communication rules. The state has adopted the federal hazard communication rule by reference and added its own provisions for chemical lists, education and training, employee rights, infectious agents, posting of notices, and penalties. See the state section PENALTIES/LIABILITIES for more information about penalties.
For information on the federal requirements, see the national sections HAZARD COMMUNICATION STANDARD, MATERIAL SAFETY DATA ...