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

Georgia 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 Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act), a federal law.
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Georgia does not have its own approved occupational safety and health regulatory program; therefore, federal worker right-to-know standards are the governing law of the state in all private employment. There is an extensive discussion of the federal regulations.
Although the private sector is regulated by federal right-to-know laws, state employees are protected by the Public Employee Hazardous Chemical Protection and Right to Know Act of 1988 (GA Code Sec. 45-22-1et seq.; GA Admin. Code Sec. 45-22-1 et seq.). The Georgia Department of Labor administers the law. The law's requirements are identical in most respects to its federal counterpart, with some requirements that are stricter than the federal rules.
Employee rights. Public employees must be informed annually about their rights and responsibilities under the Act.
Hazardous chemicals list. Employers have to publish in January and July of each year a list of hazardous chemicals to which employees may be exposed in the workplace. The list is to be available for public inspection at the workplace, and a comprehensive list of all hazardous chemicals used by the employer must be made available at the employer's state headquarters.
Employee training. All public sector employers must train employees about hazardous chemicals located in their workplace. Such training must ...

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