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NIOSH Releases Chemical Management Strategy

July 31, 2019

NIOSH Releases Chemical Management Strategy

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) recently released a chemical management strategy that can quickly and accurately assign chemicals into categories, or “bands,” in order to protect workers on the job.

   A large number of chemical substances do not have occupational exposure limits (OELs) for the workplace, potentially exposing workers to substances at levels that could be harmful. Occupational exposure banding is a voluntary process that assigns each chemical to a category based on its toxicity and any negative health outcomes associated with exposure to that chemical. The new Technical Report—The NIOSH Occupational Exposure Banding Process for Chemical Management—provides a process with easy procedures and clear rules for assignment and can be used in a broad spectrum of workplace settings. The occupational exposure banding process is not meant to replace quantitative occupational exposure limits (OELs); rather, it is a voluntary approach which provides a starting point to inform risk management decisions for controlling chemical substances that do not have OELs.
   —Please visit https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/updates/upd-07-10-19.html to read more on this.