Employer’s Guide to Developing an Employee Right to Know Program

Employer’s Guide to Developing an Employee Right to Know Program (downloadable pdf) by OSHA (available on the MN Department of Labor & Industry website): A very thorough manual describing the process and importance to ensure employees are aware of the dangers associated with hazardous substances, harmful physical agents or infectious agents they may be exposed to in their workplaces.

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In brief, the Employee Right-to-Know program must include:

  • an inventory of hazardous substances and/or agents that exist in the workplace;
  • identification of employees who are routinely exposed to those substances or agents;
  • a system for obtaining and maintaining written information about the substances and agents employees may be exposed to in the workplace;
  • methods for making ERTK information readily accessible to employees in their work
  • a plan for providing initial, pre-assignment and annual training of employees; and
  • implementation and maintenance of a labeling system or other warning methods.

The following sections of this manual provide more information about each of these elements.

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