The mission of the Hazard Communication Worker Right-to-Know Program of the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) is to protect the health and safety of public employees by ensuring that public employers provide information, training and appropriate personal protective equipment to their employees who may be exposed to hazardous chemicals in their workplaces.
Hazard Communication Worker Right-to-Know For Public Employees
The Hazard Communication Worker Right-to-Know Program is administered by DSHS, Division for Regulatory Services, Policy, Standards and Quality Assurance Unit, Environmental Hazards Group. This program is conducted under the authority of the Texas Hazard Communication Act (THCA), Chapter 502 of the Health & Safety Code, which requires public employers to provide current and accurate information about hazardous chemicals and their health effects to public employees who may be exposed to hazardous chemicals in their workplaces. DSHS administers an inspection and enforcement program under the THCA to ensure that public employers comply with the state worker right-to-know law.
** Public employers include, but are not limited to, cities, counties, state agencies, public schools, public colleges and universities, and volunteer service organizations. Employees of private facilities in Texas are covered by a similar federal regulation (Hazard Communication Standard), which is administrated and enforced by the United States Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
Questions or requests for information regarding the Hazard Communication Worker Right-to-Know Program should be addressed to:
POLICY, STANDARDS & QUALITY ASSURANCE UNIT
ENVIRONMENTAL HAZARDS GROUP, MC 1987
TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF STATE HEALTH SERVICES
P. O. Box 149347
Austin, Texas 78714-9347
Telephone: (512) 834-6787
(800) 452-2791 (toll-free in Texas)
Fax: (512) 834-6726