Hazardous Chemicals Right to Know Act

The North Carolina Hazardous Chemicals Right to Know Act gives citizens and firefighters the opportunity to learn about hazardous substances used by North Carolina employers. The act does not address the education and training which an employer must provide to its employees. 

All employers, both private and public, who store 55 gallons or 500 pounds of a hazardous chemical, must submit a listing of all hazardous chemicals to the fire chief every year. The initial report must be submitted to the local fire chief immediately when hazardous chemicals are stored onsite. Tier 2 Forms can be used in lieu of Right to Know submissions.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) defines a hazardous chemical as "any chemical which is a physical or health hazard."

What Must Be Reported

  • The chemical name or common name used on the Material Safety Data Sheet
  • The maximum amount stored at the facility at any time, listed in the following ranges:
    DOver 5,500Over 50,000
  • The area in the facility in which the material is stored, type of container, and to what extent, if at altered pressure or temperature
  • Names and telephone numbers of 24-hour emergency facility contacts

Download Hazardous Materials Right to Know Act reporting form (PDF – fillable online).

Learn more about the NC Hazardous Materials Right to Know Act.