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Right-to-Know/Hazardous Communication Programs

The Hazard Communication Standard, also known as the Right-to-Know Law took effect in the early 1980's and is referenced by Title 29, Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 1910.1200. The purpose for this standard is to ensure that chemical hazards in the workplace are identified and evaluated, and that information concerning these hazards is communicated to employers and employees. This transmittal of information is accomplished through the requirement of a comprehensive hazard communication program. This program must include information on labeling, material safety data sheets and employee training. This standard applies to chemical manufacturers or importers of chemicals.

The State of Delaware enacted the Hazardous Chemical Information Act to provide accessibility to information regarding chemicals to employees who may be exposed in a non-manufacturing employer workplace, such as the University of Delaware. The Hazardous Chemical Information Act applies to all non-manufacturing employers in the State of Delaware. The Hazardous Chemical Information Act and the Hazard Communication Standard are similar but not identical; University Policy 7-27 is intended to comply with the Delaware Hazardous Chemical Information Act.

Questions regarding Right-to-Know or Hazard Communication issues may be addressed to Leslie York-Hubbard or Terri Lineback at or call 831-4899.