Right To Know Law

Published: | Updated: July 31, 2017

Definition - What does Right To Know Law mean?

The Right To Know Law is a principle that is embedded into environmental and workplace safety legislation in the U.S and other countries. It states that affected people have the right to now which chemicals they are being exposed to in their daily living and in the workplace. This principle is embedded in both Federal and states laws. There are two forms that the Right To Know Law follows; Community and Workplace.

Safeopedia explains Right To Know Law

The Right To Know principle is administered through regulations under the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). When a hazardous substance is to be used outside of a building, full disclosure must be made to the State Environmental Protection Agency. However, the U.S. Defence Department, being a self regulating agency, is not required to follow these requirements. The Right To Know movement got its start through the actions of advocate Rachel Carson and her book Silent Spring.

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