The New Jersey Worker and Community Right to Know Act requires public and private employers to provide information about hazardous substances at their workplaces. The Act:
- Informs public employees about chemical hazards at their workplace so they can work safely with these hazardous substances
- Helps firefighters, police, and other emergency responders adequately plan for and respond to incidents such as fires, explosions, or spills
- Provides data for monitoring and tracking hazardous substances in the workplace and the environment
The Mercer County Division of Public Health County Environmental Health Act Agency maintains surveys and records in a central file as the County Lead Agency for New Jersey Department of Health’s Right to Know Program. The Agency works with the Department of Health to enforce codes, rules, and regulations relating to compliance among facilities required to file Right To Know surveys and provides trainings, outreach visits, and telephone interactions and distributes educational Right To Know materials.
The Mercer County Division of Public Health County Environmental Health Act Agency also participates in the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Community Right to Know Program to assist the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection in improving compliance among private facilities required to file annual Community Right To Know surveys. Every year the Mercer County Division of Public Health County Environmental Health Act Agency investigates about 50 employers identified by the Department of Environmental Protection that did not did not file their mandatory Community Right To Know surveys for prior reporting year. The Agency refers non-compliant facilities and issues penalties in accordance with New Jersey Workers and Community Right to Know Act (N.J.S.A.34:5A-1 et seq.) and the New Jersey Worker and Community Right to Know Regulations (N.J.A.C. 7:1G et seq.).
In accordance with provisions of The Worker and Community Right to Know Act (N.J.S.A. 34:5A-section 12) and The Worker and Community Right to Know Act Rules (N.J.A.C. 8:59-section 7.2), Right to Know Hazardous Substance List and Right to Know Hazardous Substance Fact Sheets are available online through the Department of Health's Right To Know web pages.