Louisiana SDS laws & safety compliance analysis

Louisiana SDS: What you need to know

· Rules. Louisiana follows the federal rules for EPCRA reporting. A chemical list, rather than the actual material safety data sheets (MSDS), must be sent to DPSC and LEPCs.

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Louisiana is not a “state plan” state; that is, it does not have a federally approved state job safety and health regulatory program. Therefore, the federal Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act) governs MSDS requirements in the private sector workplace. Louisiana has incorporated by reference the MSDS requirements in the federal hazard communication or worker right-to-know rule, which applies only to the workplaces of the state DPSC. There are no additional workplace safety and health rules for public sector (state and local government) workplaces in the state.

· Administration and enforcement. The DPSC administers and enforces EPCRA reporting and worker right-to-know MSDS requirements in Louisiana. OSHA Region 6 administers and enforces MSDS requirements for the private sector workplace.

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