Georgia Hazard Communication laws & safety compliance analysis

Georgia Hazard Communication : What you need to know

Rules. Georgia is not a "state plan" state; that is, it does not have a federally approved occupational safety and health regulatory program. Therefore, private sector (private businesses and nonprofit organizations) employers are governed by the federal hazard communication regulations.

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Public sector (state government offices and operations) employers in Georgia are governed by the requirements of the state's Right-to-Know Act. The state's rules are identical to the federal rules, with some requirements that are stricter than federal requirements.

For information on federal occupational safety and health requirements, see the national sections HAZARD COMMUNICATION STANDARD, MATERIAL SAFETY DATA SHEET, and OSHA.

· Administration and enforcement. OSHA administers and enforces hazard communication requirements in the private sector in Georgia. GDOL administers and enforces the state's public sector hazard communication requirements.

The Public Sector
Chemical List
CGA 45-22-9

Employers have to publish in January and July of each year a list of hazardous chemicals to which employees may be exposed in the workplace. The list is to be available for public inspection at the workplace, and a comprehensive list of all hazardous chemicals used by the employer must be made available at the employer's state headquarters.

Education and Training
CGA 45-22-8 and GRR 300-3-19-.03

Training program elements. All public employees must receive DOL-approved training on the hazardous chemicals located in their workplace. Such training must be provided at the time of initial assignment to the work area. At a minimum, the training must include:

  • The requirements of the state Act
  • Location of hazardous ...

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