Arkansas Training laws & safety compliance analysis

Arkansas Training : What you need to know

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Arkansas is not a “state plan” state; that is, it does not have a federally approved occupational safety and health regulatory program. Consequently, the federal Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act) governs workplace safety and health, including training requirements, in the private sector. Public sector (state and local government operations) employers must follow state workplace safety and health training requirements, which mirror the federal requirements in most respects. The state rules for hazard communication employee education and information include a requirement for annual training that is stricter than federal rules. Also, certain employees are exempt from the employee education requirements.

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See the TABLE for the state-specific safety training requirements

For information on the federal training requirements, see the national analysis TRAINING.

The Arkansas Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health (AOSH) administers safety and health rules in public sector workplaces.

State Requirements
Topic Training Refresher Training
Hazard CommunicationArkansas Department of Labor Regulations, Safety Code No. 12-(h)(5) Exemption from training. Public sector employers are not required to provide the hazard communication training to toxicologists, chemists, and industrial hygienists. A public sector employer may apply to the AOSH for a training exemption for other employees with specialized expertise relating to hazardous chemicals. Annual

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