California SDS laws & safety compliance analysis

California SDS: What you need to know


California is a “state-plan” state; that is, it has a federally approved occupational safety and health plan. Therefore, the Cal/OSH Act governs workplace safety and health, including safety data sheets (SDSs) requirements, in both the public and private sectors. The state has adopted the federal workplace SDS requirements and has adopted additional requirements for access to SDS information in an emergency, procedures to obtain or correct missing or incomplete SDSs, and the format and content of SDSs

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State rules require agricultural employers to provide pesticide workers and handlers with access to SDSs.

The California Department of Industrial Relations Division of Occupational Safety and Health Administration (Cal/OSHA) administers and enforces occupational safety and health, including SDS requirements, in both the private and public sector workplaces. California Environmental Protection Agency (Cal/EPA) administers pesticide product registration and agricultural pesticide worker safety and information requirements.

Product Registration
3 CCR 6170.5

Anyone applying to register a pesticide product must provide the common chemical name, trade name, and CAS number of each inert ingredient in the formulation. If reporting by trade name only, include the SDS for the pesticide product.

Workers and Handlers
3 CCR 6723 and 3 CCR 6761

The employer must keep SDSs at a central location at the workplace accessible to employees who handle pesticides for each pesticide listed in the pesticide use records. If the SDS is not provided by the registrant of a pesticide within 7 working days of a request for a SDS from an employee, employee representative, or employee’s physician, the ...

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