Encyclopedia of Public Health

2008 Edition
| Editors: Wilhelm Kirch

Right-to-Know

Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4020-5614-7_3026

Synonyms

Risk communications

Definition

Many workplace chemicals and other substances are referred to only by brand names or code numbers. The right-to-know movement, initiated in the late 1970s in many countries, resulted in the development of right-to-know laws in the early 1980s, which are the legal rights and obligations that govern the transfer of workplace information on toxic substances. According to those laws, employers have a duty to inform workers of the identity of substances with which they work through labeling the product container, and the workers should be counseled on the importance of personal hygiene and the use of protective equipment to reduce exposure.

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