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

Hawaii 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. There is additional information and an extensive discussion of the federal regulations.
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Hawaii is among the “state plan” states, which means it has its own work safety regulatory program and has received federal authorization to enforce it (HI Rev. Stat. Sec. 396-1et seq.). Hawaii has adopted the federal worker right-to-know standard by reference. The state law is administered and enforced by the state Department of Industrial Relations. The state law governs both the private and public workplaces.

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