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RULE §295.12Employee Notice; Rights of Employees

(a) Employers covered by the Act must post and maintain workplace notices specified in this section. The wording of the required workplace notice may be changed by the commissioner as needed.

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(b) The workplace notice shall measure at least 8-1/2 by 11 inches and be typed, typeset, or mechanically produced with lettering that is clearly legible. The letters shall not be smaller than 12 characters per inch. The words "NOTICE TO EMPLOYEES" shall be in bold capital letters at least 1/2 inch high. Other words spelled in capital letters in the sample notice shall be reproduced in capital letters.

(c) A current version of the workplace notice shall be clearly posted and unobstructed at all locations in the workplace where notices are normally posted, and at least one location in each workplace.

(d) An employer may add information to the workplace notice as long as the wording required by this section is included. Employers may add the name and telephone number of the employer's safety or environmental health officer to the bottom of the workplace notice in order to facilitate communication within the workplace.

(e) To assist employers in providing the workplace notice information, the department shall make original copies of the workplace notice available for photocopying by employers. The department shall also make an electronic version of the workplace notice available to employers. A Spanish translation of the workplace notice is available from the department.

(f) Employees have guaranteed rights to accessing the workplace chemical list and MSDSs and to receive training under the Act.

(g) Employees have a guaranteed right to receive appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) from their employer. Employers shall provide appropriate PPE to employees who may be exposed to hazardous chemicals in their workplace. The employer shall provide training to employees regarding how to maintain and store PPE appropriately to ensure that contamination does not occur.

(h) An employee shall not be disciplined, harassed, or discriminated against by an employer for filing complaints, assisting inspectors of the department, participating in proceedings related to the Act, or exercising any rights under the Act.

(i) Employees cannot waive their rights under the Act. A request or requirement for such a waiver by an employer violates the Act.

Source Note: The provisions of this §295.12 adopted to be effective September 1, 1999, 24 TexReg 3711; amended to be effective July 3, 2003, 28 TexReg 4914

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