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This chapter shall be known and may be cited as the Hazardous
Substances Information and Training Act.
(a) The Legislature finds and declares the following:
(1) Hazardous substances in the workplace in some forms and
concentrations pose potential acute and chronic health hazards to
employees who are exposed to these substances.
(2) Employers and employees have a right and a need to know the
properties and potential hazards of substances to which they may be
exposed, and such knowledge is essential to reducing the incidence
and cost of occupational disease.
(3) Employers do not always have available adequate data on the
contents and properties of specific hazardous substances necessary
for the provision of a safe and healthful workplace and the provision
of information and training to employees as is the responsibility of
the employer under existing law.
(4) Many effective employee information and training programs now
exist, and with the increased availability of basic information and
with the extension of such programs to all affected employees,
preventable health risks in the workplace would be further reduced.
(b) The Legislature, therefore, intends by this chapter to ensure
the transmission of necessary information to employees regarding the
properties and potential hazards of hazardous substances in the
The rights and duties set forth in this chapter apply to all
employers who use hazardous substances in this state, to any person
who sells a hazardous substance to any employer in this state, and to
manufacturers who produce or sell hazardous substances in this
state. The provisions of this chapter apply to hazardous substances
which are present in the workplace as a result of workplace
operations in such a manner that employees may be exposed under
normal conditions of work or in a reasonably foreseeable emergency
resulting from workplace operations. For purposes of this chapter, an
emergency includes, but is not limited to, equipment failure,
rupture of containers, or failure of control equipment, which may or
do result in a release of a hazardous substance into the workplace.
Nothing in this chapter shall be construed to require a
manufacturer or employer to conduct studies to develop new