Although the private sector is regulated by federal right-to-know laws, state employees are protected by the Public Employee Hazardous Chemical Protection and Right to Know Act of 1988 (GA Code Sec. 45-22-1et seq.; GA Admin. Code Sec. 45-22-1 et seq.). The Georgia Department of Labor administers the law. The law's requirements are identical in most respects to its federal counterpart, with some requirements that are stricter than the federal rules.
Employee rights. Public employees must be informed annually about their rights and responsibilities under the Act.
Hazardous chemicals list. Employers have to publish in January and July of each year a list of hazardous chemicals to which employees may be exposed in the workplace. The list is to be available for public inspection at the workplace, and a comprehensive list of all hazardous chemicals used by the employer must be made available at the employer's state headquarters.
Employee training. All public sector employers must train employees about hazardous chemicals located in their workplace. Such training must ...