Arkansas Right to Know/ Hazard Communication laws & HR compliance analysis

Arkansas Right to Know/ Hazard Communication: What you need to know

Hazard Communication Standards, or “worker right-to-know” laws, regulate how information about workplace chemical hazards is communicated to employees. As with most workplace health and safety standards, worker right-to-know laws have developed in large part according to standards adopted under the federal Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act). Because Arkansas does not have its own approved occupational safety and health plan, the federal OSHA and its worker right-to-know standards are the governing law of the state in all private employment. There is additional information and a detailed discussion of the federal regulations.
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Arkansas public employees are protected by the Arkansas Public Employees' Chemical Right-to-Know Act (AR Code Sec. 8-7-1001et seq.), which is enforced by the Arkansas Department of Labor. A public employer must:
· Post a notice informing employees of their rights under the law
· Ensure proper chemical labeling
· Maintain and make material safety data sheets available to employees
· Compile and maintain a workplace chemical list
· Provide employee information and training
· Handle trade secret issues according to the law's provisions

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