RTK stands for "Right-to-Know". In 1983, OSHA instituted Hazard Communication Standard OSHA CFR 1910.1200 — a rule that gives employees the right to know the hazards of chemicals to which they may be exposed in the workplace. Learn more about RTK labels and how you can obtain a safer work environment.
Workplace Hazardous Material Information System (WHMIS) labels are used in Canada to mark products and containers to inform people about hazardous materials.
The are a number of government agencies that enforce regulations covering hazardous waste including the EPA, OSHA and the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR) which are issued by the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA).
The Globally Harmonized System (GHS) for labeling hazardous chemicals is being implemented now in the U.S., and must be in full use by 2015. But there is more. Although GHS is an international standard, there are some minor differences among countries and regions. When shipping hazardous chemicals to other countries you need to be aware of these GHS differences and use GHS labels that are appropriate for the destination country.
Correct identification of a hazardous material can be difficult and confusing. The Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) provides a definition of the term "hazardous waste," but it can be complex and confusing.
RTK stands for "Right-to-Know." Employees have the right to know the hazards of chemicals to which they may be exposed in the workplace. RTK labels are the first warning sign as they provide a visual warning of chemical hazards. Two important components of an RTK label is Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) and the NFPA Diamond.
MSDS stands for Material Safety Data Sheets. The MSDS provides specific information about the chemicals and hazards in question. It also provides first aid, personal protective equipment, control measures and emergency responses. All containers that hold all chemicals must be labeled with a MSDS.