Maine Governor Signs Resolution On Toxic Workplace Chemicals
On June 5, Maine’s Governor Janet Mills signed into law a bill that requires the state’s Department of Labor to develop a framework for identifying hazardous chemicals in the workplace and replacing them with safer alternatives.
The bill, Legislative Document (LD) 1017, passed the state’s House and Senate on May 28 and was signed by the Governor the next day. The bill respectively requires collaboration with “interested parties”, as well as employees and employers in industries that often use hazardous substances.
The new law further directs the Department of Labor to submit a report of its findings to the legislature’s Joint Standing Committee on Labor and Housing by December 20. The findings will most likely inform future legislative bills on hazardous chemicals and their alternatives.