Arkansas does not have a federally approved occupational safety and health program. Consequently, the federal Occupational Safety and Health Act governs occupational safety and health, including safety data sheet (SDS) requirements, in the private sector workplace. Public sector employers (state, county, and local government offices and operations, schools, and utilities) in Arkansas are governed by state occupational safety and health requirements. The state has adopted SDS requirements for hospitals, related healthcare facilities, and public sector requirements for employee access to SDSs that are stricter than federal rules.
For comprehensive information on requirements for private sector employers, see the national analysis SDS.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) administers and enforces occupational safety and health, including SDS requirements, in the private sector. The Arkansas Occupational Safety and Health (AOSH) Division administers and enforces public sector occupational safety and health, including SDS requirements. The Arkansas Department of Health (DOH) administers the SDS requirements for hospitals and related healthcare facilities.
Hospitals and Healthcare Facilities
Arkansas Regulations (AR Reg.) 007.05.17.42 and AR Reg. 007.05.17.46
Hospitals, critical access hospitals, and related healthcare facilities must keep a list of SDSs for solutions, cleaning compounds, disinfectants, vermin control chemicals, and other potentially hazardous substances used in connection with the facility readily available to the safety committee, in the emergency room, for environmental services, and as directed by facility policy and procedures. PUBLIC SECTOR