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

Texas 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, employee right-to-know laws have developed in large part according to standards adopted under the federal Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act) and accompanying regulations (29 CFR 1910.1200). Because Texas does not have its own approved occupational safety and health plan, federal worker right-to-know standards apply in all private employment.
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There is additional information and a detailed discussion of the federal regulations.
Although the private sector is regulated by federal right-to-know laws, public sector (state and local government) employers are governed by the Texas Hazard Communication Act (THCA), administered by the Texas Department of State Health Services (TX Health and Safety Code Sec. 502.001et seq.). For the most part, the state law is very similar to its federal counterpart, but there are a few additional requirements. Records are to be kept for five years after the employee's training ends, identifying the dates the employee was trained and including a brief description of the training. Municipalities must provide the same type of education and training to their volunteers.
The Agricultural Hazard Communication Act (AHCA) (TX Agric. Code Sec. 125.001et seq.) applies to employers with a payroll of $15,000 or more for seasonal or migrant farmworkers, or $50,000 or more for nonseasonal or migrant workers. Generally, the requirements are the same as those of the THCA. The Texas Department of Agriculture will use workplace ...

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