Rhode Island SDS laws & safety compliance analysis

Rhode Island SDS: What you need to know

· Rules. Under Rhode Island's CRTK Act, any state resident may formally request Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDSs) for hazardous substances used by an employer.

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The federal OSH Act governs workplace safety and health, including MSDS requirements, in the private sector (commercial establishments, nonprofit organizations, and private businesses except schools). For information on the federal MSDS requirements, see the national section MSDS .

Public sector (state buildings, county, and local government offices and operations, school systems, and commissions) employers, including private school systems and daycare centers, are governed by state worker right-to-know MSDS requirements, which are identical to the federal requirements. The state law requires MSDSs to be provided to employees and their representatives upon request. See the state section HAZARD COMMUNICATION for information.

· Administration and enforcement. DLT administers the MSDS requirements concerning submission to state residents and for safety and health in public sector workplaces. OSHA administers and enforces occupational safety and health, including MSDS requirements, in the private sector in Rhode Island.

RI Gen. Laws 28-21-6

Rhode Island law specifies steps facilities are required to take if unable to obtain an MSDS. In addition, employers are required to make CILs and MSDSs available within a specific time period.

Facility Requirements

Facilities must obtain MSDSs for certain toxic substances. If a facility has made efforts to obtain a required MSDS and has failed to do so, the employer must advise DLT within 45 days of the employer’s request. DLT is then required to demand the MSDS from the ...

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