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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We are strengthening right-to-know laws and making it possible for more pregnant women to see an ultrasound before making that life or death decision for their baby.
The alleged violations are associated with the use of hazardous chemicals and the failure to appropriately report chemicals used on site in violation of federal right-to-know laws.
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.
According to Paul Orum, now a chemical security consultant to community and environmental groups and the long-time coordinator of the Working Group On Community Right To Know, "Other COSH groups spread the word, and by the time of the Bhopal, India, chemical tragedy that killed hundreds in 1984, about half the states had enacted either worker or community 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.
She advocates supporting organic agriculture and right-to-know laws about toxic exposures.
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.
The administration followed by deleting material regarding risks at nuclear power plants, chemical factories, and refineries from government Web sites, even though right-to-know laws called for it to be publicly posted.
In addition, the implementation of EO 13148 will, among other things: (1) revoke EO 12843 (Procurement Requirements and Policies f or Federal Agencies for Ozone-Depleting Substances), (2) revoke EO 12856 (Federal Compliance with Right-To-Know Laws and Pollution Prevention Requirements, (3) revoke EO 12969 (Federal Acquisition and Community Right-To-Know), and (4) require agencies to implement environmental management systems and conduct facility compliance audits at certain federal facilities.
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.