Pennsylvania Worker and Community Right-To-Know Act

Pennsylvania Worker and Community Right-To-Know Act

The Pennsylvania Community and Worker Right to Know Act requires employers to identify and label the hazardous substances used in the workplace, while making that information immediately accessible to workers.  Employers are also required to provide educational programs to train their employees in the safe use of chemicals. Chemical safety data must be made freely available to the Department of Labor and Industry, the community, and those who work with them. It also includes provisions for enforcement, including the issuance of penalties.

Cry Wolf Quotes

The cost potential is very, very significant, in the billions of dollars on Pennsylvania employers….The small businessman, the farmer, is going to have to live with a more severe standard...the cost to them is going to be very phenomenal.

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Pennsylvania Representative Joseph Pitts (R-Chester)

We feel that [the court’s decision] is not the step in the right direction because the mushroom industry is faced with the dilemma of increased costs. It’s an economic crunch. We’ve been in that crunch for two, 2 _ years and here’s another cost factor.

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Charles Harris, executive director of the trade group of mushroom growers

I have a greater concern – the concern for rural America, the concern for suburban America, which is a concern for the communities that you and I come from….It goes too far, Mr. Speaker. It puts a burden on our small business places….Think about the small business people, the nonmanufacturing entities, that all of a sudden are going to be forced into reporting requirements and the cost of doing business that is going to put many of them under.

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Pennsylvania Representative Jim Merry (R-Crawford)

What you are trying to put on business is overkill. It’s going to kill farmers and small business people.

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Pennsylvania state representative Jim R. Merry (R-Crawford)