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Pennsylvania Right to Know/ Hazard Communication: What you need to know

The Hazard Communication Standard, or worker “right-to-know” law, regulates how information about workplace chemical hazards is communicated to employees. As with most workplace health and safety standards, worker right-to-know laws have developed in large part according to standards adopted under the federal Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act). The law allows individual states to devise and administer their own work safety laws and regulations, but only if the state program has federal approval. To qualify for federal approval, a state plan must be at least as stringent as federal standards.
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Because Pennsylvania does not have its own federally-approved occupational safety and health regulatory program, the federal OSH Act and its worker right-to-know standards are the governing law of the state in all private sector workplaces. However, all public sector (state and municipal governments) employers must comply with the state worker right-to-know rules. The Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry/Bureau of PENNSAFE (DLI) administers and enforces public sector safety and health rules.
A discussion of the federal regulations for the private sector is available.
State and municipal employees are covered by the state's Worker and Community Right-to-Know Act (PA Stat. Tit. 35 Sec. 7301et seq.; PA Admin. Code Tit. 34 Sec. 301.1 to Sec. 319.4).
Covered employers must comply with a number of requirements, including:
· Post a Workplace Notice, which lists employee rights under the law.
· Complete and post a Hazardous Substance Survey Form (HSSF) annually, by April 1 of each year, and provide it to DLI, upon request.
· Collect and maintain a file of safety data sheets (SDS), ...

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