OSHA Publishes RFI on Chemical Management and Permissible Exposure Limits (PELs)

OSHA has published an RFI stating that the Agency is reviewing its overall approach to managing chemical exposures in the workplace and seeks stakeholder input about more effective and efficient approaches that addresses challenges found with the current regulatory approach.  This review involves considering issues related to updating permissible exposure limits (PELs), as well as examining other strategies that could be implemented to address workplace conditions where workers are exposed to chemicals.  The notice details the role of past court decisions on the Agency's current approach to chemical management for the purpose of informing stakeholders of the legal framework in which the Agency must operate.  It then describes possible modifications of existing processes, along with potential new sources of data and alternative approaches the

Agency may consider.  The Agency states that it is particularly interested in information about how it may take advantage of newer approaches, given its legal requirements.  The RFI is concerned primarily with chemicals that cause adverse health effects from long-term occupational exposure and is not related to activities being conducted under Executive Order 13650, Improving Chemical Facility Safety and Security.  Comments are due April 8, 2015.  http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-10-10/html/2014-24009.htm


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