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NJRTK - Labeling Exemptions

Containers which are present in offices that are used for office work do not need to be labeled. (Storage rooms, print shops, and other areas not used for office work in an office building are not included in this exemption.)

In approved Research and Development (R & D) Laboratories, public employers may: (a) label containers by means of a code or number system if the code or number system allows an employee or emergency responder ready access to the names and CAS numbers or the trade secret registry numbers of the ingredients in the containers, or (b) label containers in accordance with the Public Employees Occupational Safety and Health Act (PEOSHA) Laboratory Standard.

(Contact the PEOSH Program at (609) 984-1863 for the requirements of this Standard.)

To become an approved R & D laboratory, an application must be filed with and approved by the Department of Health and Senior Services. To obtain an application for a Research and Development Laboratory exemption, contact the NJDHSS at (609) 984-2202. (N.J.A.C. 8:59-5.3)

The following substances and containers do not need to be labeled (and do not need to be reported on the Right To Know Survey) because they are excluded from coverage under the law. These include:

Any solid article (a manufactured item formed to its final shape or design) which is not used in a manner which changes its physical form, and which does not pose any acute or chronic health hazard to employees or emergency responders who are exposed to it.


  • Ammunition
  • Pens
  • Bars of soap
  • Pills and capsules
  • Chalk
  • Photocopier toners and developers
  • Dry cell batteries in self-contained cartridges
  • Glue sticks
  • Polaroid film
  • Grinding wheels
  • Sorbent sample tubes
  • Pastels
  • Thermometers
  • Consumer products if not used more frequently than a consumer would use them at home.
  • Any fuel in a motor vehicle.



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