Your Right to Know
There was a time when employees had no legal means to force their employers to provide them with
information about the hazardous substances they used at work. They demanded a
"Right-to-Know," or the right to have access to such information.
On September 17, 1984, the State of Oklahoma adopted the Federal
OSHA Standards (29 CFR 1910 and 1926), better known as the "Hazard
Communication" or "Right-to-Know"
standards, to apply to the state government and its political subdivisions.
(Title 40 O.S. sections 401-424, Oklahoma statutes as amended.)
You Have The Right To Know--And Understand
Employees of 0SU have the right to know the properties and potential safety and health hazards of
substances to which they may be exposed. Such knowledge is essential to reducing the risk
of occupational illness and injury.
In 2012, OSHA revised the Hazard Communication Standard to bring it into alignment with the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS), which will also give workers the "Right To Understand."
- To help you reduce the risks involved in working with hazardous materials
- To transmit vital information to employees about real and potential hazards of substances in
the work place
- To reduce the incidence and cost of illness and injury resulting from hazardous substances
- To promote public employer's need and right to know
- To encourage a reduction in the volume and toxicity of hazardous substances
The Five Stages of OSU's Program
Safety Data Sheets
Labeling and Marking Systems
Employee Training Sessions
Written Right-to-Know Plan
Chemical Inventory List
NOTE: The information contained in this training module is for awareness/informational purposes only. It is suitable for use as a tool in increasing the reader's awarenss of OSHA's Hazard Communication Standard. However, it shall not be used, nor considered to be a replacement or substitute, for any training required by the OSHA Hazard Communication Standard.
At Oklahoma State University, the office of Environmental Health and Safety may be contacted
to assist departments with their Hazard Communication and the required training.
program as a PowerPoint presentation
Check out OSU EHS's online Hazcom Information
Library for additional information.
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Reviewed December 2012