Washington SDS laws & safety compliance analysis

Washington SDS: What you need to know


The state follows the federal rules for reporting chemical inventory information under community right-to-know rules. A chemical list, not the individual safety data sheet (SDS), should be sent to the State Emergency Response Commission (SERC), the local emergency planning committee (LEPC), and the local fire department, unless these agencies request the SDS.

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Washington is a “state plan” state; that is, it has its own federally approved occupational safety and health regulatory program. Therefore, occupational safety and health, including SDS requirements, are governed by state law in both the public and private sectors. State SDS requirements mirror federal hazard communication requirements for SDSs. For more information about federal requirements, see the national sections HAZARD COMMUNICATION STANDARD and MATERIAL SAFETY DATA SHEET.

The state SDS requirements for agricultural operations that use chemicals mirror the requirements for general industry workplaces.

The state has developed its own SDS requirements for spill response programs at permanent pesticide and fertilizer storage and mixing/loading facilities.

SERC and Washington Department of Ecology jointly administer and enforce the community right-to-know requirements. Washington Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) administers and enforces occupational safety and health, including SDS requirements, in both the private and public sector workplaces in general industry and agricultural operations. The Washington Department of Agriculture (WDOA) administers and enforces the spill response rules for fertilizer and pesticide permanent storage and mixing/loading operations.

WAC 16-201-260, WAC 16-229-280, and WAC 16-229-450

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