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

Connecticut 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). The law allows individual states to devise and administer their own workplace safety and health rules, but only if the state program has federal approval. To qualify, a state plan must be at least as stringent as federal standards.
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Because Connecticut does not have its own approved occupational safety and health regulatory program for the private sector (private businesses and nonprofit organizations), the OSH Act and its worker right-to-know standards are the governing law of the state in all private sector workplaces. There are comprehensive discussions of the federal regulations available for consultation.
Connecticut has worker right-to-know rules that apply to public sector (state and municipal government offices and operations) workplaces (CT Gen. Stat. Sec. 31-40 to Sec. 31-50). The worker right-to-know statutes are enforced by the Connecticut Department of Labor/Division of Occupational Safety and Health (CONN-OSHA).
Some of Connecticut's worker right-to-know rules are more stringent than federal rules in several respects, and they are outlined in this section. The remaining state worker right-to-know rules mirror federal OSH Act regulations.
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