District of Columbia Right to Know/ Hazard Communication laws & HR compliance analysis

District of Columbia 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 the District of Columbia does not have its own approved occupational safety and health regulatory program, the OSH Act and its worker right-to-know standards are the governing law of the District in all private employment (private businesses and nonprofit organizations). There is additional information and a detailed discussion of the federal regulations.
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Although the private sector is regulated by the federal OSH Act, the D.C. Occupational Health and Safety Standards Act administered by the D.C. Department of Employment Services protects government employees. The District of Columbia has adopted the federal standards for hazard communication (DC Code Sec. 32-1101et seq.).

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