Wisconsin SDS laws & safety compliance analysis

Wisconsin SDS: What you need to know

· Rules. The state follows federal community right-to-know reporting requirements, including requirements for the maintenance of material safety data sheets (MSDSs). There are MSDS requirements for aboveground storage tanks (ASTs), community water systems, flammable and combustible materials, hazardous air pollutants (HAPs), landfill waste characterization, public water systems, and solid waste (i.e., land spreading of wood ash) that are stricter than federal requirements.

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Wisconsin does not have a federally-approved state occupational safety and health regulatory program; the federal OSH Act governs occupational health and safety, including material safety data sheet (MSDS) requirements, in private sector workplaces. Wisconsin has adopted a worker “right-to-know” counterpart to the federal hazard communication standard which covers public sector (state and local government offices and operations). The state workplace safety and health rules for MSDSs follow federal rules. See the state section HAZARD COMMUNICATION STANDARD for more information.

For detailed information about the OSHA requirements for MSDSs, see the national section MSDS .

· Administration and enforcement. WEM administers and enforces the community right-to-know program in Wisconsin, with some authority delegated to the county LEPCs. DNR administers the MSDS requirements for community and public water systems, HAPs, landfill waste characterization, and solid waste (wood ash). Federal OSHA administers and enforces MSDS requirements in private sector workplaces in Wisconsin. The Department of Safety and Professional Services (DSPS) administers the MSDS requirements for ASTs and workplace safety and health MSDS requirements in ...

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