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NIOSH Technical Report on Occupational Exposure Banding

Posted By Mark Ellis, Thursday, July 11, 2019

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) recently released a technical report that provides the background, rationale and instructions for the occupational exposure banding process and gives guidance for risk managers to identify control levels for chemicals without authoritative occupational exposure limits (OELs).  According to the U.S. EPA, the Toxic Substances Control Act Chemical Substance Inventory currently contains over 85,000 chemicals that are commercially available, yet only about 1,000 of these have been assigned an authoritative (government, consensus or peer-reviewed) OEL.  The rate at which new chemical substances are being introduced into commerce significantly outpaces OEL development, creating a need for guidance on thousands of chemical substances that lack reliable exposure limits.  The technical report contains an e-tool as a supplementary online application that provides users with an automated means to band chemical substances.  The technical report contains an introduction, titled “Occupational Exposure Banding at a Glance” on pages vii-xi.


The NIOSH technical report, DHHS (NIOSH) Publication Number 2019-132, can be accessed here.


The NIOSH portal page for occupational exposure banding can be accessed here.


The NIOSH press release announcing publication of the technical report can be accessed here.

Tags:  NIOSH  occupational exposure banding  OELs 

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