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

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

Hazard communication standards, or worker “right-to-know” laws, regulate how information about toxic chemicals and hazardous substances in the workplace 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), which covers private sector employees.
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Michigan is one of the “state plan” states, which means it has received federal approval for its own Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Act (MIOSHA) (MI Comp. Laws Sec. 408.1001et seq.; MI Admin. Code Sec. 325.77001 to Sec. 325.77003). MIOSHA contains several worker right-to-know requirements that are stricter than federal rules. There is additional information and a discussion of the federal OSH Act and worker right-to-know regulations.
Material safety data sheet (MSDS) notice. Signs must be posted throughout the workplace informing employees of MSDS locations. When a new or revised MSDS is received, a notice informing employees of its availability must be posted within 5 days and must remain posted for 10 days. The notices should state that MSDS copies may be obtained from the Michigan Occupational Health and Safety Administration as an alternative to requesting them from the employer, and must include the division's address and telephone number.
Trade secrets. In nonemergency situations, an employer claiming a trade secret must disclose a specific chemical identity to an occupational health nurse providing medical treatment to an exposed employee, to the employee's representative, or to the employee himself or herself. The request must be ...

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