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OSHA Considers Hazardous Chemical Exposures in the Workplace

October 16, 2014 - Kestrel Management

OSHA is launching a national dialogue on ways to prevent work-related illness caused by exposure to hazardous substances. The first stage is a request for information on the management of hazardous chemical exposures in the workplace and strategies for updating permissible exposure limits (PELs).

OSHA’s PELs, which are regulatory limits on the amount or concentration of a substance in the air, are intended to protect workers against the adverse health effects of exposure to hazardous substances. The agency’s current PELs cover only a small fraction of the tens of thousands of chemicals in commerce, many of which are suspected of being harmful, and 95% of them have never been updated.

For more information, see the news release.

Submitted by: Randy Block

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