right-to-know laws

right-to-know laws

laws that require employers to inform workers regarding health effects of materials they must handle, including toxic chemicals and radioactive substances. Under the authority of the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health periodically revises recommendations or limits of exposure to potentially hazardous substances in the workplace. It also recommends appropriate preventive measures designed to reduce or eliminate adverse health effects of these hazards and publishes its recommendations in a variety of public documents.

right-to-know laws,

n.pl laws that require employers to inform workers regarding health effects of materials they must handle, including toxic chemicals and radioactive substances. Right-to-know statutes are administered under the authority of the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
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The Blumenthal legislation, if enacted and upheld by the federal courts, would invalidate nearly all state limitations on abortion, including waiting periods, women's right-to-know laws, and laws providing for meaningful monitoring of abortion-providing facilities, which in many states have long operated with virtually no regulatory oversight.
Why shouldn't oil and gas companies be required to report these toxic releases under our Right-to-Know laws, like so many other industries already do?
According to The Patriot News, at least two are drafting legislation that would make Penn State, Temple University, the University of Pittsburgh, Lincoln University, and 14 other state-owned colleges equal to most other public agencies in terms of the state's right-to-know laws.
The National Right to Life Committee, however, credited women's right-to-know laws, parental consent laws, and so-called partial birth abortion bans with the decrease in abortions.
Other European police forces seem to have got the idea so it's frustrating Garda chiefs still haven't signed up to the right-to-know laws.
While the legislation does not override state or local right-to-know laws, the bill makes clear that submission of the assessments to EPA does not trigger any requirements to submit the assessments to state or local agencies.
Still, new horror stories continue to turn up: paperwork provided by right-to-know laws in January revealed the Monsanto Corporation's decades-long cover up of its massive dumping of PCBs--an environmental hazard and probable human carcinogen--in Anniston, Alabama.
As founder and executive director of the National Toxics Campaign, he was instrumental in some of the biggest grassroots environmental justice battles of the 1980s and early 1990s, lending support to community-based struggles against waste industry proposals to build toxic waste incinerators and leading the campaign to pass the Superfund and Right-to-Know laws in 1986.
While right-to-know laws are aimed at reducing the supply of POPs, financial tools such as taxes are well-suited to reducing demand.
And increasingly, the changes that students are after reflect growing global concerns: from clean water campaigns and right-to-know laws to wilderness protection and the effects of world trade.
Community-right-to-know has greatly helped to reduce chemical hazards, to get companies to take notice of, and take responsibility for, community safety," says Paul Orum, coordinator of the Working Group on Community Right-to-Know, a nonprofit organization that tracks government and industry compliance with community right-to-know laws nationwide.
First, there's an increased number of hazard communication and environment right-to-know laws relating to exposure to environmental risk agents.