Hazard communication standards, or “worker right-to-know” laws, regulate how information about workplace chemical hazards is communicated to employees. As with most workplace health and safety standards, employee right-to-know laws have developed in large part according to standards adopted under the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act), a federal law. Individual states may devise and administer their own work safety laws and regulations, but only if the state program has federal approval. To be approved, a state plan must be at least as stringent as the federal law.
Right-to-know compliance is part of every Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) inspection, regardless of the underlying reason for the inspection. Right-to-know violations are the most frequent source of OSHA citations. Beyond the physical dangers a violation may create for employees and employers, substantial fines may be imposed, making right-to-know compliance a high priority for just about every employer (29 CFR 1910.1200). There are discussions on the federal regulations.
North Dakota does not have its own approved occupational safety and health plan; therefore, federal right-to-know standards are the governing law of the state in all private employment. There is additional information about state agency contacts.