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

Maine 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).
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Because Maine does not have its own approved occupational safety and health plan, the federal OSH Act and its right-to-know standards are the governing law of the state in all private sector workplaces. The state has adopted the federal safety and health, including worker right-to-know, rules by reference for public sector (state and local government offices and operations) workplaces (ME Rev. Stat. Tit. 26 Ch. 6 Sec. 561et seq.). There is more information about public sector rules. There are detailed discussions of the federal regulations.
Workplaces with a high risk of chemical exposure typically require considerable resources to maintain compliance with state and federal right-to-know laws. Business & Legal Reports, Inc., publishes booklets and other materials that can help employers train workers in the safe handling of hazardous materials. Contact BLR's response center at 800-727-5257 for details.

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