10 N. Ky. L. Rev. 427 (1982-1983)
Workers' Right-To-Know about Chemical Hazards in the Workplace: A Proposed Model Uniform Right-To-Know Act and a Critical Look at Cincinnati's Right-To-Know Ordinance

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by Robert G. Gough*
One of the hottest areas in legislative activity in the past
three years has been in Workers' Right-To-Know legislation, i.e.,
legislation designed to assure that employees are informed about
toxic and hazardous chemicals to which they may be exposed in
the course of their employment. The intensity and breadth of in-
terest in Right-To-Know statutes may be gauged by the fact that
since 1980 no fewer than twenty-seven states and fourteen cities
either have considered or are considering such statutes or or-
On June 3, 1982, Cincinnati became the second major city to
enact a workers' Right-To-Know ordinance,' thus joining at least
three other cities' and ten other states4 which at the time of this
* Copyright 1983, Robert G. Gough, Ph.D., all rights reserved. Although the author of
this comment represented a major local employer on the Greater Cincinnati Chamber of
Commerce Right-To-Know Task Force, the views expressed herein are solely the author's
and should not be attributed to either the Greater Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce or the
author's former employer. The author is presently studying law at the Salmon P. Chase
College of Law, Northern Kentucky University, Highland Heights, Ky.
1. States: Alaska, Ark., Cal., Conn., Fla., Ga., Hawaii, Ill., Ind., Me., Md., Mass., Mich.,
Minn., Mo., N.D., N.J., N.Y., N.C., Ohio, Or., Pa., R.I., Tex., Wash., W. Va., Wis. Cities or
counties: Chelsea, Mass.; Cincinnati, Ohio; Contra Costa County, Cal.; Dallas, Tex.; Dan-
bury, Conn.; Hartford, Conn.; Louisville, Ky.; Norwood, Ohio; Orange County, Cal.;
Philadelphia, Pa.; Sacramento, Cal.; Santa Clara, Cal.; Santa Monica, Cal.; Vallejo, Cal.
Based on a variety of sources including private communications with industry work groups
studying the Right-To-Know issue. Readers wishing to conduct further research may be
aided by the following information, H.R. 806, 1982, Alaska (Rogers); S.R. 804, 1982, Fla..
(Steinberg); H.R. 3109, 1982, Hawaii (Taniguchi); H.R. 2379, 1982, Ill. (McPike); H.R. 1556,
1982, Ill. (Tappan); S.R. 108, 1983, Ind. (Mrvan); H.R. 242, 1980, Md. (Garott); S.B. 1531, 1982,
Minn. (Dicklich); H.R. 205, 1983, Mo. (Birch); L.R. 909-1, 1983, Mo. (Feigenbaum); S.R. 1670,
1983, N.J. (Dalton); Hearings conducted by the Ohio Legislative Comm'n, 1982.
2. CINCINNATI, OHIO, MUNICIPAL CODE ch. 1247, §§ 01-99 (1982).
3. PHILADELPHIA, PA., FIRE CODE ch. 5 §§ 500-508, 1600-1610, 4100-4104 (1981), AIR
MANAGEMENT CODE ch. 3 §§ 100-302 (1981); SANTA MONICA, CAL., MUNICIPAL CODE art. V ch.
3 §§ 5300-5307 (1981); VALLEJO, CAL., MUNICIPAL CODE ch. 7 §§ 66.010-.040 (1981).
4. The ten states are: Cal., Conn., Me., Mass., Mich., Minn., N.Y., Wash., W.Va., and Wis.

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