Comparison: State vs. Federal
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.
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 analyses Hazard Communication, SDS, and OSHA.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) administers and enforces hazard communication requirements in the private sector in Georgia. The Georgia Department of Labor (GDOL) administers and enforces the state’s public sector hazard communication requirements.
THE PUBLIC SECTOR
Code of Georgia Annotated (CGA) 45-22-9
In January and July of each year, employers must publish a list of hazardous chemicals to which employees may be exposed in the workplace. The list must 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.
CGA 45-22-4 and Rules and Regulations of the State of Georgia (GRR) 300-3-19-.04
A contractor for a public sector employer that introduces a hazardous material into the workplace is responsible for compliance with the state Right-to-Know Act for its own employees.