Alaska Hazard Communication regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Alaska Hazard Communication: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Prevention of Accident and Health Hazards, Alaska Statutes (AS) 18.60.010 et seq.

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Occupational safety and health regulations: Alaska Administrative Code (AAC) 61.010et seq.

Physical agent data sheet: 8 AAC 61.1110(a) to (e)

Posting: 8 AAC 61.1110(f)

Regulatory Agencies

Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development Division of Labor Standards and Safety Alaska Occupational Safety and Health (AKOSH)

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

· Rules. Alaska has adopted the federal hazard communication standard (HCS) requirements in their entirety. The state has also added some requirements that are stricter than federal standards for notification to employees about physical agents and posting of information. Both private (private businesses and nonprofit organizations) and public (state and local government offices and operations) sector employers are subject to state workplace safety and health requirements.

· Administration and enforcement. AKOSH administers and enforces the HCS requirements in Alaska.

State Requirements


8 AAC 61.1110(a) to (e)

Each regulated employer must have a physical agent data sheet for each physical agent present in the employer's workplace. "Physical agent" means heat stress, cold stress, hand-arm (segmental) vibration, ionizing radiation, lasers, noise, radio frequency and microwave radiation, or ultraviolet radiation that exceeds the threshold established in the 1995-1996 edition of "Threshold Limit Values for Chemical Substances and Physical Agents and Biological Exposure Indices in the Work Environment" published by the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists.

Each physical agent data sheet must be in English and contain the same information required in material safety data sheets (MSDSs) for hazardous substances under the federal HCS.

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