New Jersey Right to Know/ Hazard Communication laws & HR compliance analysis

New Jersey Right to Know/ Hazard Communication: What you need to know

The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and its worker right-to-know standards are the governing law of the state in all private sector (businesses and nonprofit organizations) workplaces. New Jersey has adopted its own federally approved occupational safety and health regulatory program for public sector (state and local governments and public schools) employers.
Right-to-know violations are a frequent source of OSHA citations. Beyond the physical dangers a violation may create for employees and employers, substantial fines may be imposed, making right-to-know compliance a high priority for just about every employer (29 CFR 1910.1200).
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Container labeling requirement. The state's container labeling requirements apply to private as well as public sector employers. The remaining state rules mirror federal regulations that require 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.
New Jersey's Worker and Community Right to Know Act (NJ Rev. Stat. Sec. 34:5A-1 to Sec. 34:5A-40) applies to public employers and some private employers. The state law is administered and enforced by the Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS). This law is intended to protect both employees and the community surrounding an employer from chemical exposure. The employee right-to-know section of the state law mirrors the federal law, and the state has added provisions that are stricter than the federal law for container labels, employee training, employee rights, and ...

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