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

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

The hazard communication standard (HCS), or worker “right-to-know” law, regulates 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. Individual states may devise and administer their own work safety laws and regulations, but only if the state program has federal approval. To qualify for approval, a state plan must be at least as stringent as the federal law. Iowa has such a plan in effect, and it has been approved by federal authorities.
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The federal law is basically a disclosure rule that requires private employers with hazardous substances in their workplaces to develop comprehensive hazard communication programs, and to inform and train their employees about chemical hazards in the workplace. There is a detailed discussion of the federal regulations.
Iowa is a so-called “state plan” state, which means it has its own work safety program and has received federal authorization to enforce it (IA Admin. Code Sec. 875-2.1et seq.). The state has adopted the federal law in its entirety, as well as additional HCS worker training requirements that are stricter than federal law (IA Admin. Code Sec. 875-3.22).
The employer has to preserve a written summary and synopsis of HCS training, a cassette tape recording of any oral presentation, or a videotape recording of any audio-video presentation of the training, and must allow employees and their designated representatives access to the written synopsis, tape recording, or videotape recording. The training ...

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