Maryland Hazard Communication laws & safety compliance analysis

Maryland Hazard Communication : What you need to know

Comparison: State Vs. Federal

Maryland is a “state plan” state; that is, it has its own federally approved workplace safety and health regulatory program. The Maryland Occupational Safety and Health (MOSH) has incorporated by reference the federal hazard communication standard to conform to the United Nations Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS). The state has also adopted its own requirements that are stricter than federal requirements for who is covered and the chemical information list (CIL).

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For a comprehensive review of the federal rule, see the national HAZARD COMMUNICATION STANDARD analysis.

MOSH administers and enforces all workplace requirements in both public and private sector workplaces. CILs must be sent to the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE), which will evaluate them for compliance. The MDE will give MOSH notice of any noncompliance with CIL requirements.

State Requirements
Who Is Covered?
Maryland Code Annotated, Labor and Employment (Md. Code Ann., Lab. and Emp.) 5-403

The following employers exempt from the federal hazard communication standard must comply with Maryland’s rules:

  • Those that produce, use, or store wood and wood products
  • An analytical, educational, or research and development laboratory
Md. Code Ann., Lab. and Emp. 5-405, Md. Code Ann., Lab. and Emp. 5-406, and Code of Maryland Regulations 09.12.33

The employer compiling a CIL must ensure that the following tasks are completed:

  • Note on the first page of the list the complete name and business address of the employer submitting the list, the name and telephone number of a contact person, and the date of preparation or revision.
  • Make sure either the chemical or common name on the ...

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