Texas Hazard Communication regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Texas Hazard Communication: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Agriculture Hazard Communication Act (AHCA), Texas Agriculture Code (TAgC) 125.001 to 125.017

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Texas Hazard Communication Act (THCA), Texas Health and Safety Code (H&SC) 502.001 et seq., and regulations at 25 Texas Administrative Code (TAC) 295.1 to 295.13

Private sector—agriculture:

Definitions: H&SC 125.003 and 4 TAC 8.3

Training for farmworkers: 4 TAC 8.11

Chemical list: 4 TAC 8.7

Crop sheets: 4 TAC 8.8

Protective clothing: 4 TAC 8.9

Retaliation: 4 TAC 8.10

Public sector—workplace safety:

Labeling: H&SC 502.007 and 25 TAC 295.6

Training records: 25 TAC 295.7

Reporting: 25 TAC 295.9

Workplace chemical lists: H&SC 502.005 and 25 TAC 295.4

Regulatory Agencies

Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) Toxic Substances Control Division

DSHS Division of Regulatory Services

Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) Texas Agricultural Extension Service (TAES)

U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Region 6

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. Texas has enacted the AHCA, also known as the Texas Farmworker Right-to-Know Act, to protect the state's large farmworker population. Employers governed by both THCA and AHCA must comply only with THCA.

The federal OSH Act governs the state’s private sector workplaces, including worker “right to know.” Texas has its own THCA, but it is not federally approved; as a result, the state governs only for the public sector workplace (state, county, and local government employers, including schools, universities, and volunteer emergency service organizations). The public ...

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