Governing Law and Regulations
Hazardous Substances Right-to-Know Act, Rhode Island General Laws (RI Gen. Laws) 28-21-1 to 28-21-21, and regulations at Rhode Island Rules and Regulations (RI Rule) 16-000-001
Chemical Identification List (CIL): RI Gen. Laws 28-21-3
Material safety data sheets (MSDSs): RI Gen. Laws 28-21-6
Employee rights: RI Gen. Laws 28-21-8
Training: RI Gen. Laws 28-21-9
U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Region 1
Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training (DLT) Division of Occupational Safety
See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.
See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. Rhode Island does not have a federally approved occupational safety and health regulatory program. Because federal OSHA preempts the state program, the federal requirements apply to private sector employers. The state does, however, have its own worker right-to-know law for public sector workplaces. The state law closely follows federal worker right-to-know requirements, with additional requirements for chemical lists, employee rights to information, and employee training. There are additional state requirements for material safety data sheets (MSDSs) that are stricter than federal rules. See the state section MATERIAL SAFETY DATA SHEET for more information.
• Administration and enforcement. OSHA administers federal workplace safety and health rules, including worker right-to-know, in private sector workplaces. DLT administers right-to-know laws in private and public schools (including day care centers) and other public sector workplaces, including certain construction ...