Pennsylvania Hazard Communication regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Pennsylvania Hazard Communication: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act) of 1970, 29 USC 651et seq., and regulations at 29 CFR 1910.1200

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Worker and Community Right-to-Know Act, 35 Pennsylvania Statutes 7301 et seq., and regulations at 34 Pennsylvania Code (Pa. Code) 301.1 to 319.4

Education and training: 34 Pa. Code 313.2

Employee access to information: 34 Pa. Code 309.8

Pipelines: 34 Pa. Code 309.5

Posting, labeling: 34 Pa. Code 311.1 to 311.3

Regulatory Agencies

U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Region 3

Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry (DLI) Bureau of Occupational and Industrial Safety

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. Pennsylvania is not a "state-plan" state, which means its occupational safety and health program has not been approved by federal OSHA. Therefore, in the private sector (private businesses and nonprofit organizations), the federal law preempts state laws regarding safety and health. For further details, see the national section HAZARD COMMUNICATION STANDARD.

Public sector (state and local government offices and operations) workplaces must follow state hazard communication rules, which have adopted rules that mirror federal requirements and several provisions that are stricter than federal rules.

Administration and enforcement. OSHA administers and enforces safety and health requirements in private sector workplaces. DLI administers and enforces all safety and health requirements in public sector workplaces.

State Requirements


Education and Training

34 Pa. Code 313.2

Public sector employers ...

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