purpose 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.
this link for more information on MSDS and HSFS
central 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.
REHS provides MSDS/HSFS management, NJRTK training
and chemical inventory data management.
The 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]
New Jersey Right to Know labeling requirements involve
exact identification of chemicals in the workplace
by using the
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
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.
label 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
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.
University offers both departmental and general
RTK training sessions. Click
here to access the general training session schedule.
training can be arranged by contacting Jennifer
Mancini at 732/445-2550.
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, Livingston Campus
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 webpage.
Regulations, and Guidance Links
Worker and Community RTK Act
Substances Fact Sheets (English)
Substances Fact Sheets (Spanish)
||SIRI MSDS Index
||Health Canada Infectious Agent MSDS
||Mallinckrodt Baker MSDS Site
Program Management - Jennifer
Mancini, or call 848-445-2550