(1) An employer shall comply with the provisions of the federal Emergency Planning
and Community Right-to-Know Act of 1986 or be subject to the enforcement provisions
(2) The local fire chief must be permitted onsite inspection of hazardous chemicals
in any workplace, including workplaces under the control of a state agency, for the
purposes of planning fire department activities in case of an emergency and reviewing
compliance with this chapter. For a workplace that employs fire safety personnel, the local fire chief shall consult
with the responsible fire safety official to clarify respective roles and response
procedures in the event of an emergency.
(3) As a result of an inspection, the local fire chief may note and report for possible
action by the county attorney or other appropriate law enforcement official any violation
by an employer of a provision of this chapter or any other law pertaining to hazardous
chemicals or fire safety.
(4) The local fire chief shall consult at least annually on safety and emergency considerations
with each person responsible for the operation of any research, educational, or testing
laboratory workplace. The consultation may result in recommendations or, under the provisions of 50-62-102, orders by the fire chief to be implemented by the laboratory operator to enhance
public safety, to reduce the likelihood of emergency incidents, or to improve emergency
response in the event of an accident. The person responsible for the operation of the laboratory shall contact the local
fire chief at any time there is a significant change in the location or nature of
the hazardous chemicals in the workplace, initiation of any new and potentially dangerous
method of processing or reacting hazardous chemicals, or any other operational change
affecting emergency response considerations.
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