Right To Know Policy

Environment, Health, & Safety


Right to Know Policy

Training and Education

The New York State "Right-to-Know" Law (12NYCRR 820.4) and the federal Hazard Communication Standard (29 FCR 1910.1200 (h)) require all employees to receive training and education on the hazards of chemicals in their work areas. The regulations require substantive information be provided on:

  • Routes of entry of toxic substances
  • Target organs
  • Effects of toxic accumulations of chemicals
  • Synergistic effects of chemicals
  • Concept of threshold levels
  • Metabolism of chemicals
  • Information on mixtures of chemicals
  • Any Federal, State and local occupational safety and health laws, ordinances, regulations, or other requirements or standards for the handling and use of any toxic substance found in the employee's workplace
  • How to read an MSDS or chemical fact sheet
  • The use and policies on cleanup of fire fighting and personal protective equipment
  • Sources for additional information
  • Employees' rights
  • Employer's record keeping responsibility
  • The location and availability of the chemical inventory and MSDS's
  • The location and availability of the written hazard communication standard
  • Any operations in the work area where hazardous chemicals are present
  • Methods and observations that may be used to detect the presence or release of a chemical in the work area
  • The physical and health hazards of the chemicals in the work area
  • The measures employees can take to protect themselves from these hazards
  • Explanation of the labeling system on campus

Training Episodes

Training of employees will take place:

  • Initially upon implementation of the safety programs;
  • Annually thereafter for all employees;
  • Whenever new chemicals are introduced into the work environment; and
  • Before new employees begin carrying out their job responsibilities.

Contact Information

Cathleen Eldridge, Associate Director
Office: Sibley Hall 421
Phone: (518) 564-5009
Fax: (518) 564-5082
Email: eldridcm@plattsburgh.edu