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NIOSH unveils strategy to quickly “band” workplace chemicals

Updated: Jan 9

Industrial Hygiene & Safety News (IHSN) has an article on the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) new chemical management strategy that can quickly and accurately assign chemicals into categories, or “bands,” in order to protect workers from potentially harmful substances in the workplace. A vast number of chemical substances do not have OELs for the workplace. 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 strategy is available in a new Technical Report – The NIOSH Occupational Exposure Banding Process for Chemical Management – that provides a process with easy procedures and clear rules for assignment and can be used in a broad spectrum of workplace settings. The banding process is not meant to replace quantitative 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. To read the article and download the NIOSH Technical Report click on the image below:


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