Both federal and state agencies require that employees be informed of hazards due to chemicals in the workplace. Such laws are called ‘Right to Know’ regulations. OSHA promulgated 29CFR 1910.1200 in 1987. Parts of this law are pre-empted by the Laboratory Safety Standard in the case of laboratories, but the law applies in full to all non-laboratory workers.
Williams College has created a Hazard Communication Program, reviewed annually by the Chemical and Biological Safety Committee, to ensure that information is available to all employees. Employees receive annual training as well as updated training whenever the conditions in their workplace change. Training is coordinated through Frank Pekarski of the Office of Safety & Environmental Compliance.
- Frank Pekarski
Manager of Safety & Environmental Compliance