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NIOSH Floats Guide For Chemical 'Banding,' An Alternative To OSHA Limits

April 18, 2017
NIOSH is seeking comment on a draft guide detailing a chemical classification system that allows users to assess workers' risks to substances that lack exposure limits and regulators have only limited data, an approach that could serve as an alternative to OSHA's enforceable limits given the difficulty in setting such standards. In the recently-issued draft guide, NIOSH outlines a three-tiered occupational exposure banding (OEB) process for assessing worker risks from chemical exposures that considers a chemical's toxicity and potential health...

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