Tier II Chemical Reporting Program
This page provides links to statutes and laws pertaining to the Tier II Chemical Reporting Program.
Links to sites outside the Texas Department of State Health Services are intended to be informational and do not necessarily imply any official endorsement. Staff associated with the Tier II Chemical Reporting Program routinely review the links, but we cannot guarantee the validity of information provided at outside sites.
Texas Community Right-To-Know Acts (TCRAs)
The Community Right-to-Know Program has been established under both federal and state laws. As a result of these laws, all facilities that store significant quantities of hazardous chemicals must share this information with state and local emergency responders and planners. Facilities in Texas share this information by filing annual hazardous chemical inventories called Texas Tier Two Forms with the state, with Local Emergency Planning Committees (LEPCs), and with local fire departments. The Texas Tier Two Reports contain facility identification information and detailed chemical data about hazardous chemicals stored at the facility. Emergency response personnel, such as fire fighters, can use information contained in Texas Tier Two Reports to plan response strategies in the event that an emergency situation arises. Private citizens in the community may request and receive copies of the Texas Tier Two Reports, as well as custom reports generated from Texas Tier Two data.
The Tier Two Registration Group serves as the state repository for community right-to-know information, provides outreach for compliance on both the federal and state laws, supports Local Emergency Planning Committees (LEPCs) in community right-to-know endeavors, and administers an enforcement program. In 1999, the Section received and processed over 50,000 Texas Tier Two Reports, which are required to be maintained for 30 years. Annual inventory filing fees, which are collected under the TCRAs, provide the funding for both the community and worker right-to-know programs.
The community right-to-know laws are separated into three separate sections:
Texas Health and Safety Code
Texas Hazard Communication Act (THCA)
The worker right-to-know program is administered under the authority of the Texas Hazard Communication Act (THCA). The THCA requires public employers* to provide information, training, and appropriate personal protective equipment to their employees who may be exposed to hazardous chemicals in their workplaces. The Section provides both consultative and enforcement related evaluations of public workplaces to ensure that public employees are protected from hazardous chemicals in their workplaces.
Texas Health and Safety Code
*Public employers include (but are not limited to) cities, counties, state agencies, public schools, public colleges and universities, and volunteer service organizations. Employees of private facilities in Texas are covered by a similar federal law, which is enforced by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).