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 Public Employees Chemical Right to Know Act PDF

The Public Employees Chemical Right to Know Act is a labor law posters poster by the Arkansas Department Of Labor. This is a mandatory posting for all employers in Arkansas, and businesses who fail to comply may be subject to fines or sanctions.

This poster must be posted in a conspicuous place where all employees will see it. This poster talks about how employees should deal with hazardous chemicals in ways that will reduce their exposure to said chemicals and protect them from harm. This poster also lists what the employers' duties are for dealing with chemicals, the rights of employees, how to deal with complaints and investigations, how this law is enforced, and what happens when citizens are denied their rights under this law.

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Act 556 of 1991 entitled the	 	
  The purpose of this law is to provide public employees 
access to training and inform ation concerning hazardous 
chemicals in order to enable them to minimize their exposure 
to such chemicals and protect their health, safety and welfare. 
  Public employers are responsible for the following as set 
out by the law: 
1.  Post adequate notice to inform employees of their rights 
2.  Ensure proper chemical labeling 
    a.  Existing labels on containers of hazardous chemicals are 
not to be removed 
    b.    If  a  chemical  is  transf erred to another container, it must 
also be labeled with the name and appropriate 
warnings, as provided in this law 
    c.  A public employer is not required to label chemicals that  have been transferred to a portable container by an 
employee when that employee is going to 
immediately use the chemical. 
3.  Maintain and make material safety data sheets available 
    a.  Chemical manufacturers and distributors must provide  public employers with the appropriate MSDSs within 
the prescribed times 
    b.    Public  employers  must  maintain current copies of each 
MSDS and have them available to employees and 
their designated representatives upon request within 
the prescribed time 
    c.    The  employer  must  not require an employee to work 
with a chemical until a MSDS can be furnished 
except as indicated by this law 
    d.  An employee who declin es to work with a chemical may 
not be penalized 
    e.  Public employers shall provide a copy of MSDSs to the  Director of Labor upon request 
4.  Compile and maintain  a workplace chemical list for 
hazardous chemicals used, generate d, or stored in amounts of 
55 gallons or 500 pounds or more 
    a.  The Workplace Chemical List must show the chemical  or common name used on the MSDS and/or the 
container label, the Chem ical Abstracts Service 
Number and the work area where it will normally be 
used, generated, or stored 
    b.  Chemical lists shall be filed with the Director of Labor  no later than October 14, 1991, updated when 
necessary, and refiled July 1 of each year 
5.  Provide employees with information and training 
    a.  The Director of Labor is responsible for maintaining a  general information and training assistance program 
to aid public employers 
    b.  Additional training must be provided when a new hazard  is introduced, when new information is received, or 
before new employees are assigned to a job 
    c.  Information  and  training  programs  must  meet  the  requirements specified in the law and in the 
regulations of the Director of Labor. 
    d.  Information and training  programs must be developed   by  January 15, 1992, a nd initial information and 
training must be provided prior to July 15, 1992.  
Employers must keep a record of the dates of 
training sessions given to their employees. 
    e.  The Director of Labor's rules and regulations concerning  refresher training and training exemptions must be 
followed  6.  Handle trade secrets in acco
rdance with provisions set out 
in the law 
    a.  The Director of Labor can request data substantiating a  trade  secret claim when asked to by an employee, 
designated representative, or public employer 
    b.  All information will be kept confidential 	
  Public employees who may be exposed to hazardous 
chemicals must be informed and shall have access to the 
Workplace Chemical List, MSDSs for the chemicals on the 
list, and information and training as provided in this act. 
  A public employee cannot be disciplined, discharged 
or discriminated against for requesting information, filing a 
complaint, assisting an inspector of the Department of Labor, 
causing any complaint or proceeding to be instituted, 
testifying in any proceeding, or exercising any right afforded 
by this law. 
  Any waiver of the benefits or requirement of this law 
are a violation and are therefore null and void. 
  The Director of the Department of Labor will 
investigate written and oral complaints from public employees 
concerning violations of this law.  The Director or his 
designated representative has the authority to enter the 
workplace and conduct a thorough investigation of the 
complaint as specified by this law. 
  If the Director of Labor finds a public employer in 
violation of this law, he shall  issue an order to cease and desist 
the act or omission constituting the violation. 
  If the Director of Labor finds that a public employer 
has failed to provide the required information and training by 
the prescribed time, he may conduct the program and charge 
the employer for the costs incurred. 
  Violation of this act shall be cause for adverse 
personnel action against the responsible supervisor as set out 
in this act. 
  Any citizen denied their rights under this law may 
commence civil action in circuit court and the court shall hear 
the petition within seven days. 
  The court shall have the jurisdiction to restrain 
violations of this act and to order all appropriate relief.  Those 
who refuse to comply with these orders will be in contempt of 
  Attorney fees and court costs will be assessed to the 
defendant and plaintiff as set out by the law. 
  The provision of information to a public employee 
does not affect the liability of the employer with regard to the 
health and safety of the employee, or the employer's 
responsibility to prevent the occurrence of occupational 
  The provision of information to an employee also 
does not affect any other duty or  responsibility of a chemical 
manufacturer or distributor to  warn users of a hazardous 
LITTLE ROCK, ARKANSAS 72205  PH. (501) 682-4500	

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