Hazardous Chemicals Right to Know Act

Hazardous Chemicals Right to Know Act

Hazard Overview

Hazard Overview

What is the Hazardous Chemicals Right to Know Act?

The Hazardous Chemicals Right to Know Act is a state statute that consists of two major parts: Public Safety and Emergency Response Right to Know, and Community Right to Know.

Public Safety and Emergency Response Right to Know requires employers who manufacture, process, use, store or produce at least 55 gallons or 500 pounds, whichever is greater, of hazardous chemicals to compile and annually update a list of the hazardous chemicals including the identity of each such chemical and their respective quantities. A copy of this list must be provided to the local fire chief.

Community Right to Know permits any person in North Carolina to request a list of chemicals used or stored at a given facility. The request must be in writing and applies to employers who must compile a hazardous chemicals list and for those chemicals included on the list. In addition, an employer claiming a trade secret may withhold the identity of the chemical.

What are the hazards associated with hazardous chemicals right to know?

Failure of an employer to provide this information to the local fire chief can result in serious harm or death to emergency responders as the result of chemical toxic effects, fire or explosion.

Solutions

Solutions

What can I do to protect myself?

Emergency responders should always inquire about the identities of chemicals stored at a business when responding to emergencies.

What resources are available to assist employers?

A brochure on the Hazardous Chemicals Right-to-Know Act is available for employers to download and distribute to their employees for use in training. In addition, an example hazard communication program, hazard communication presentation, and respiratory protection may be useful to the employer.

In addition, the NCDOL Library offers free safety and health videos and related research assistance on consensus standards (i.e., ANSI, NFPA, NEC). The education, training and technical assistance bureau provides free online safety and health training and outreach services (i.e., speaker's bureau requests, safety booths) upon request.

Regulations

Regulations

Which standards apply?

N.C. General Statutes 95-173 through 95-218

In addition, OSH has adopted the following standards that are relevant to hazardous chemicals right-to-know:

Learn More

Learn More

Where can I learn more?

If you would like to receive interpretive guidance on this or any other OSH standard or topic, you can submit your questions using the Ask OSH web form, by e-mail to ask.osh@labor.nc.gov or by calling 919-807-2875.