of the New Jersey Right-To-Know Act (NJRTK) is to provide
workers with a mechanism to access information about
chemicals used in the workplace. The information is
provided through chemical inventories, labels, site-specific
training, Material Safety Data Sheets and Hazardous
Substance Fact Sheets.
file of the University's chemical inventory must be
submitted to the NJ Department of Health and Senior
Services every 5 years. A survey update is required
annually for the intermediate years. Research and Development
facilities may apply for exemption under the Act by
contacting REHS. REHS provides MSDS/HSFS management,
NJRTK training and chemical inventory data management.
Survey forms for the 2007 (Due in 2008) reporting year
can be found at the following links.
||General Instructions [pdf]
||Survey Acknowledgement Form [pdf]
||Pure Chemical Inventory Form [pdf]
||Chemical Mixture Inventory Form [pdf]
||Laboratory Exemption Form [pdf]
||Laboratory Exemption Instruction Form [pdf]
||Laboratory Supervisor Certification [pdf]
||Room Information [pdf]
||Training Certification Form [pdf]
Jersey Right to Know labeling requirements involve exact
identification of chemicals in the workplace by using
the chemical names and Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS)
numbers of the chemicals contents. Any hazardous ingredients
which are not in the top five ingredients must also be
listed on the label (except if it is below 1%, or below
0.1% for carcinogens, mutagens, and teratogens).
labels must list the chemical name and CAS number of
the five most predominant chemical ingredients in the
container whether they are hazardous or non-hazardous.
This is commonly referred to as "universal labeling."
The Right to Know Hazardous Substance List provides
a list of synonyms of chemical names which may also
be used on the label. For chemicals not listed on the
Right to Know Hazardous Substance List, any chemical
name recognized by the Chemical Abstracts Service may
If the content
of the container is not known or if only some of the
contents are known, the container must bear a label
stating either "Contents Unknown" or "Contents
Partially Unknown" and a good faith effort must
be made to find out the ingredients. In the latter case,
whatever chemicals are known must be listed on the label.
A good faith effort must involve at least two contacts
by letter and/or documented phone calls to the product's
manufacturer or supplier. If an employer finds out any
additional ingredients of a product, the employer has
up to 5 working days to add these ingredients to the
existing label on the container.
must be a sign, emblem, sticker or marker of a durable
nature affixed to or stenciled onto a container. The
printing on these labels must be easy to read, not obscured,
and prominently displayed on the container. (N.J.A.C.
8:59-5.8) Labels must be affixed to new direct use containers
before containers are opened or within five working
days of the container's arrival at the facility, whichever
is sooner. A "direct use" container is the
container that directly holds the product, such as a
can of paint or a 55 gallon drum.
The Worker and
Community Right to Know Act requires New Jersey public
employers to provide their employees who are exposed or
potentially exposed to hazardous chemical substances in
the workplace with initial and annual education and training
programs. The required course content must contain, at
a minimum, the topics listed below and must include the
opportunity for the employees to ask questions. Topics
covered include: a general overview of occupational health
including hazard identification, exposure assessment,
and the provisions of the RTK law.
offers both departmental and general RTK training sessions.
Access the general
training session schedule.
training can be arranged by contacting Jennifer Mancini
Right-To-Know Central File
The current Right-To-Know (RTK) survey for Rutgers University is available on line and at the REHS Office.
REHS Office Information:
27 Road 1 Building 4086,
Piscataway, NJ 08854
The REHS offices are open from 7:30am till 5pm, Monday through Friday, excluding holidays.
Hazardous Substance Fact Sheets (HSFS) and Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS)
HSFS and MSDS are available at the REHS office. Please contact REHS for more information.
HSFS are also available on line through the NJ Department of Health and Senior Services (NJDOHSS) website.
MSDS are also available on line. Click here to go to the REHS MSDS link.
Worker and Community RTK Act
Substances Fact Sheets (English and Spanish)
Management - Jennifer
Mancini, or call 848-445-2550
Safety Specialists (By Campus Assignment), or call