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DOL - U.S. Department of Labor


The U.S. Department of Labor, DOL, is charged with preparing the American workforce for new and better jobs and ensuring the adequacy of America's workplaces. It is responsible for the administration and enforcement of over 180 federal statutes including those covering workers' wages, health and safety, employment and pension rights, equal employment opportunity, job training, unemployment insurance and workers' compensation programs, and collective bargaining. DOL also collects, analyzes and publishes labor and economic statistics.

DOL's web site is

Additional Info

The DOL addresses a number of major US regulations, with coverage of the following sectors:

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An organizational chart of the DOL is available.

SDS Relevance

The DOL includes the Occupational Health & Safety Administration (OSHA) as well as the Mine Safety & Health Administration (MSHA), both of which are of interest to those reading Safety Data Sheets.

OSHA is by far the most relevant aspect of the DOL with respect to Safety Data Sheets. OSHA is the DOL agency that requires SDS's as part of 29 CFR 1910.1200, the Hazard Communication Standard.

Some Safety Data Sheets may reference MSHA (see above) with respect to respirator requirements.

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