You Have a Right to Know
In 1983, the Federal Government established the OSHA Hazard Communication Standard. This is also known as the Right to Know (RTK) Standard This standard is designed to protect employees who use hazardous materials on the job. This standard applies to all non-laboratory areas.
The Hazard Communication Standard states that companies which produce and use hazardous materials must provide their employees with information and training on the proper handling and use of these materials.
You, as an employee, have a Right to Know about the hazardous materials used in your work area and the potential effects of these materials upon your health and safety.
One of the requirements of this standard is that training must be site specific. This training has been customized to be specific to the Physics Department.
Chemical Hygiene Plan
The Federal Government established the OSHA Chemical Hygiene Plan. This standard is designed to protect employees who use hazardous materials in the Laboratory. This standard applies only to laboratory areas.