Right to Know
The Right to Know Laws require public employers to train their employees about the hazardous substances at their workplace. The training includes information about: working safely with hazardous substances in the workplace, proper labeling, and availability of material data safety sheets.
- The RTK Coordinator receives and reviews the RTK surveys completed by public and private employers who work with hazardous substances and provides information from environmental files and RTK surveys upon request to the general public (NJDHSS designated Passaic County Department of Health as the “Lead Agency” in Passaic County).
- In accordance with the NJDHSS & NJDEP regulations, the RTK Coordinator implements an outreach and information program to acquaint the public emergency responders, public employers and employees with provisions of the RTK Act & Program. This is accomplished through site visits and telephone calls.
Excessive noise or unwanted sound is not only a nuisance but may also be a health hazard as indicated by numerous studies. Common sources of noise pollution are hard to define. What is an obtrusive racket to some may go largely unnoticed by others. Yet, noise beyond acceptable legal limits is a common occurrence.
- Persistent noise complaints are investigated by the Passaic County Department of Health using special decibel measuring equipment operated by qualified investigators.
- The most common violations are noise levels that exceed the following guidelines: 60Dba between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m., measured on a residential property line.
- Complaints or information relating to noise can be referred to the Passaic County Department of Health at (973) 225-3644.
NJAC 7:29-1.2(c)- No person shall cause sound from any commercial, industrial, public service or community service facility when measure at a residential property line exceeds 65 decibels between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m. or 50 decibels after 10 p.m.
Some Examples of Pollution
- An odor from a facility (even a cooking odor)
- Open burning of rubbish
- Smoke from a boiler stack
- Smoke from a manufacturing source
- Smoke from an emergency generator
- Noise (from exhaust fans, air conditioners, etc.)
- Discharge off the facility
- Solid waste stored on the site
- Particulates blowing off a storage pile
Idling of vehicles
The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJ-DEP) has adopted a safe drinking water zero tolerance enforcement policy. This policy requires facilities with public non-community water systems to routinely sample the water at the facility to sure the water quality is acceptable. The Passaic County Department of Health, as mandated by the NJDEP, will pursue monetary penalties for any failure to sample for primary contaminants, failure to perform follow up sampling when a maximum contaminant level is exceeded for failure to provide public notice when required.
- Residents who have a concern about the quality of their water supply are encouraged to call the Passaic County Department of Health at (973) 225-3635.
NJAC 7:10-5.1 et seq.- used to cite any violation of the Safe Drinking Water Act in the Code of Federal Regulations.
Click here for a list of NJDEP Certified Water Testing Labs
The Passaic County Department of Health enforces the laws and regulations governing solid waste management and illegal dumping of solid waste. The term solid waste covers all household commercial and institutional waste known collectively as municipal waste; bulky water, such as appliances, furniture and construction debris and dry industrial waste that results from manufacturing.
The most common citations that the county issues are for violations of the following:
NJAC 13:1E-9.3- No person shall engage in the collection or disposal of solid waste in excess of 0.148 cubic yards or 30 gallons of liquid, except at an approved NJDEP disposal site.
NJAC 7:26-2A.4(a)- Open dumps are declared a nuisance, hazardous to human health and are prohibited.
Click here for guidelines on safe disposal of home generated medical waste