Comparison: State vs. Federal
Wisconsin is not a “state plan” state; that is, it does not have a federally approved occupational safety and health regulatory program for private sector workplaces. The federal hazard communication standard governs worker right-to-know requirements in the private sector workplaces (private businesses and nonprofit organizations).
For information on the federal requirements, see the national analysis Hazard Communication.
Public sector workplaces must follow state hazard communication rules. The state has adopted the federal hazard communication rule by reference and added its own provisions for chemical lists, education and training, employee rights, infectious agents, posting of notices, and penalties.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) administers safety and health in private sector workplaces. The Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services (DSPS) administers safety and health in public sector workplaces.
PUBLIC SECTOR WORKPLACES
Wisconsin Statutes Annotated (WSA) 101.583 and 101.585
Within 30 days of an employee’s written request, an employer must provide the list of toxic substances.
Within 15 days of an employee’s written request, an employer must supply information regarding toxic substances, including pesticides, with which the employee works or worked, which must include location; chemical, trade, and common names; symptoms and effects of overexposure; conditions for safe use, precautions, protective equipment, potential for flammability, explosion, and reactivity; and procedures for leaks or spills.
Within 72 hours of an employee’s written request, an employer must supply similar information for any infectious ...