Right to Know Introduction and the Law

Right to Know Introduction and the Law

New federal regulations require that all employees be trained on the new Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) label elements and new Safety Data Sheets.

As an employee of the State of Georgia, you have the right to know about hazardous chemicals in the workplace. This right is guaranteed under under Georgia’s “Public Employee Hazardous Chemical Protection and Right to Know Act of 1988” (O.C.G.A. 45-22-2).

Along with your right to know, recent federal regulations now provide you the “right to understand” with an updated Hazard Communication Standard (HCS). This new standard makes it easier for you to understand labels on hazardous chemicals and information in safety data sheets.

This course, which now includes significant changes to chemical hazard communication, is required to be completed annually by all employees and will take about 30 minutes to complete.

The course is a linear series of slides designed to familiarize you with the basics of the Right to Know law. It is organized sequentially with some Knowledge Checks from time to time to check your knowledge. Navigation links for the module are in the upper right of the browser window just below the banner image.


University System of Georgia (USG) employees may print a certificate of completion for this training by submitting an online form at the end of the program. Although submission of this form is voluntary, some USG institutions use this information to verify that employees have completed the online training.

State of Georgia employees not affiliated with the university system may print a generic completion certificate.

Certificates of completion are NOT provided for persons not affiliated with the USG or employed by the State of Georgia.