Governing Law and Regulations
Hazardous Substances Community Right-to-Know Act, Rhode Island General Laws (RI Gen. Laws) 23-24.4-1 to 23-24.4-9
Worker right to know: RI Gen. Laws 28-21-1 to 28-21-21
Public disclosure requests: RI Gen. Laws 23-24.4-1 to 23-24.4-9
Employer's responsibility: RI Gen. Laws 23-24.4-5
Trade secrets: RI Gen. Laws 23-24.4-6
Penalties: RI Gen. Laws 23-24.4-7
Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM)
Rhode Island State Emergency Response Commission (SERC) Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training (DLT) Division of Workforce Regulation and Safety Right-to-Know Unit
Office of the State Fire Marshal
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 1
Local Emergency Planning Committees (LEPCs)
Local fire departments
See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. Rhode Island follows the following federal Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) reporting requirements, with some unique state-specific reporting procedures:
—Safety data sheet (SDS) or chemical list reporting (EPCRA Section 311);
—Tier II chemical inventory reporting (EPCRA Section 312); and
—Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) reporting (EPCRA Section 313).
For more information on the aforementioned EPCRA reporting requirements, see the national section COMMUNITY RIGHT TO KNOW.
The Rhode Island Hazardous Substance Community Right-to-Know Act allows any state resident to formally request information in writing on hazardous substances used by an employer.
• Administration and enforcement. The Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training (DLT) administers and enforces the community right-to-know program in cooperation with the Rhode Island ...