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

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

The hazard communication standard, 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 covering private sector employees.
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Because Massachusetts does not have its own approved occupational and safety and health program, the OSH Act and its worker right-to-know standards are the governing law of the state in all private (private businesses and nonprofit organizations) employment. There is additional information and a comprehensive discussion about the federal standard.
Massachusetts does have a worker right-to-know law, called Hazardous Substances Disclosure by Employers (MA Gen. Laws Ch. 111Fet seq; Code of MA Regs. Tit. 454 Ch. 21 et seq.). Because this law is not federally approved, it applies to the public sector (state, county, and municipal government offices and operations) workplace only. Consumer products are exempt unless the substance is listed as a carcinogen, mutagen, teratogen, neurotoxin, or extraordinarily hazardous substance. The Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development (EOLWD)/Division of Occupational Safety enforces the worker right-to-know statutes.
Training and education. Training must be given to employees who are exposed to chemical hazards. New employees must be given worker right-to-know training and education within the first 30 days of employment, and it must be updated annually. It must meet all the training and education requirements of the federal hazard ...

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