Governing Law and Regulations
U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (OSH Act), 29 USC 651et seq., and regulations at 29 CFR 1910.1200
Public sector employers: New Hampshire Workers' Right-to-Know Act, New Hampshire Revised Statutes Annotated (RSA) 277-A:1 to 277-A:10
Employee information and training: RSA 277-A:5
Employee rights: RSA 277-A:6 and RSA 277-A:7
Warning notice: RSA 277-A:5
U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Region 1
New Hampshire Department of Labor (NHDOL) Safety and Training Division
See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. New Hampshire is not a "state plan" state; that is, it does not have its own federally-approved occupational safety and health regulatory program. Therefore, private sector employers are governed by the federal requirements.
Public sector (state and local government operations) employers in the state are excluded from coverage under federal workplace safety and health rules. New Hampshire, however, has adopted its own rule for hazard communication, or worker right to know, that governs public sector employers. The state rule is less comprehensive than the federal hazard communication rule in most respects, except for additional requirements that employers post a warning notice about specific hazardous chemicals, and that an employee may refuse to work with a chemical until a material safety data sheet (MSDS) is provided. See the state section OSHA for more information about regulatory requirements for public sector employers.
For detailed information on MSDS requirements for public sector employers, especially concerning employee rights to the information, ...