In 1988 the Georgia Assembly passed into law the “Public Employees Hazardous Chemicals Protection and Right-to-Know Act”. The Law was written to protect the State’s public employees from exposures to hazardous chemicals in the workplace, and to ensure that all public employees who are exposed to hazardous chemicals are informed of the hazards of those chemicals, and of the measure to protect themselves. The Georgia Department of Labor Safety Engineering Division was assigned the administrative duties as required under the Act to ensure compliance with the law.
It is the time of year again where we are required to complete our semiannual chemical inventory. This requirement is part of the Right-to-Know law.
The Board of Regents Business Procedures Manual Section 20.4.7 RTK Chemical Inventories Report states: This report is a complete chemical inventory from each USG institution.
Submit to: Environmental Health and Safety Program Manager, Facilities via mail, fax, or email
Submission Date(s): Semi-annually, January 1st and July 1st
At KSU, we have chosen to use the Chematix chemical inventory system to keep up with all of the chemicals and products that we use. Twice a year the Principal Investigator or Supervisor is responsible for updating or reconciling his/her inventory. This year, the reconciliation is due by December 13th so that the report can be prepared and sent to BOR by December 16th which is the last working day of the year for us.
Any chemical or product that presents a physical, environmental or health hazard should be listed in the inventory. We employ MSDSonline to ensure that we have all of the material safety data sheets (MSDSs) available for anyone to view whenever necessary.
All public employees who are exposed to chemicals at KSU are required to complete initial Right-to-Know training and also annual refresher training. You can complete this training online by clicking here.
Please email or call if you need help completing your inventory or if you have questions regarding training for the Right-to-Know law. We will be happy to assist you.
Please contact Vanessa Biggers, Chemical Safety Manager, via email or by phone at 678-797-2415.