Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training


Businesses Can File Right-to-Know Online (pdf)

Contact: Kathy Serrecchia
Assistant Director, Workforce Regulation
(401) 462-8585
October 27, 2005

PROVIDENCE - The Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training (DLT) recently launched a new online service that makes it easier for businesses to register under the Hazardous Substance Right-to-Know Law. All businesses who initially register can file a Right-to-Know hazardous substance form and submit registration fee online at either www.ri.gov/DLT/righttoknow or by visiting the state's official web site www.ri.gov.

Under the Rhode Island Hazardous Substance Right-to-Know Act, employers must tell their employees if there are any hazardous substances in their workplace. Furthermore, employers must file, with DLT, a list of hazardous substances which contain any of the chemicals and compounds on the Rhode Island list of hazardous substance list. All employers must initially complete and file this form even if there are no hazardous chemicals in the workplace and they are exempt.

"The Right-to-Know Act is an important law designed to educate and train both employers and employees about the dangers of hazardous substances being used, stored, or transported in the workplace," said Assistant Director Kathy Serrecchia. "The ability to complete the Right-to-Know form online makes it easier for businesses to comply with the law and allows us to schedule and conduct inspections in an expeditious manner."

By inputting their customer record number, a business can update address information, file for exempt status, add or verify existing substances already on file, and pay the registration fee with a Visa or MasterCard. Additionally, a business must attest that all employees who are exposed to any hazardous substances have received training as specified under the law. The new Right-To-Know online filing form eliminates paper processing and lessens the burden for businesses.

In addition to filing the hazardous substances form with DLT, employers must also display a Right-to-Know poster informing employees of their rights regarding the law. More information about the Right-to-Know law or to file an online registration form, go to DLT's Occupational Safety web site at www.dlt.ri.gov/occusafe or visit the RI government web site at www.ri.gov.

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