South Carolina had adopted the federal hazard communication rules by reference. The Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act) allows individual states to devise and enforce their own workplace safety laws and regulations, including standards for the communication of chemical hazards, but only with federal approval. The applicable state requirements must be at least as strict as the corresponding federal standards.
South Carolina has such a plan in effect for both private and public sector workplaces that has been approved by federal authorities. Federal approval gives the state the authority to enforce workplace safety and health rules. Private employers with hazardous substances in their workplaces are required to develop comprehensive hazard communication programs and to inform and train their employees about chemical hazards in the workplace.
Worker right-to-know compliance is part of every safety and health inspection, regardless of the underlying reason for the inspection. Right-to-know violations are a frequent source of 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.