Occupational Exposure to Hexavalent Chromium

Posted by defensebaseactcomp on July 27, 2010

http://www.dol.gov/federalregister/Search/GetHtml.aspx?DocID=11526

Occupational Exposure to Hexavalent Chromium AGENCY: Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA),  Department of Labor.  ACTION: Final rule.

SUMMARY: The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is  amending the existing standard which limits occupational exposure to  hexavalent chromium (Cr(VI)). OSHA has determined based upon the best  evidence currently available that at the current permissible exposure  limit (PEL) for Cr(VI), workers face a significant risk to material  impairment of their health.

The evidence in the record for this  rulemaking indicates that workers exposed to Cr(VI) are at an increased  risk of developing lung cancer. The record also indicates that  occupational exposure to Cr(VI) may result in asthma, and damage to the  nasal epithelia and skin.

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