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

Tennessee 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, right-to-know laws have developed in large part according to standards adopted under the federal Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act). There is additional information and a comprehensive discussion about the federal right-to-know standard.
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Tennessee is one of a number of federally approved “state-plan” states, with its own TennesseeOccupational Safety and Health Act (TOSH Act) governing both private and public sector workplaces. The TOSH Act has adopted the federal OSH Act standards, including its worker right-to-know standard, but it enforces the Tennessee Hazardous Chemical Right-to-Know Law, which contains requirements in addition to those in the federal standard (TN Code Sec. 50-3-2001et seq.). Following are state requirements that are stricter than federal standards.
Workplace chemical list (WCL). The Tennessee Department of Labor (DOL) compiles and, upon request, will send a list of hazardous substances to employers. Employers must prepare a list, accessible to employees, of those substances present in their particular workplace. Any employer or employee may petition to add or delete a substance from the toxic substances list.
Signs and placards. Employers must ensure that work areas in which noncontainerized hazardous chemicals are generated or produced as a result of the process or operation (e.g., welding fumes) contain a sign or placard identifying the hazardous chemical(s) and appropriate hazard warnings.
Safety data sheet (SDS). Employers must ...

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