Many New Jersey employees work with or around dangerous chemicals, although workers may not know how harmful they are. Employers are expected to inform workers about toxic chemicals and the hazards they pose to employees' health and safety. Those rules, regulated by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, are sometimes ignored.
The agency's Hazard Communication Standard compels chemical manufacturers to label products and include "material safety data sheets." MSDS let chemical buyers know about dangers involved in using the products. This information should be -- but isn't always -- passed along from employers to employees.