This article focuses on OSHA’s Beryllium Standards, in particular the Standards that apply to employers in the General Industry and Construction sectors. They were promulgated because OSHA recognized that its former Permissible Exposure Limit (PEL) of 2 micrograms per cubic meter (µg/m3), was inadequate. In other words, workers exposed to beryllium at the 2 µg/m3 concentration were known to have an increased risk of developing adverse health effects, including allergic skin reactions, Chronic Beryllium Disease and/or lung cancer. This recognition, combined with OSHA’s assertion that employers can reduce beryllium exposures to much lower – and safer – levels using technology that is both available and feasible, prompted these new standards.Read More
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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration - better known as OSHA - was established 42 years ago. Its core mandate is to ensure the safety and health of US workers. Since its inception, OSHA has made significant, positive impacts on worker health and safety. For example, workplace fatalities have dropped from an average of 40 per day in the 1960's to an average of about 12 per day. Occupational injury and illness rates have been reduced by about 40% over the same time frame.
EPA refers to Cumulative Risk Assessment(CRA) as the analysis, characterization, and possible quantification of combined risks to health or the environment posed by multiple agents or stressors. As the name implies CRA looks at the sum of risks associated with various stressors not just the individual compound of interest. It seems very complicated and is just starting to be used.
The GHS is an international approach to hazard communication, which provides criteria for the classification of chemical hazards and a standardized approach to label elements and Safety Data Sheets (SDS). The GHS was negotiated over multiple years by Hazard Communications experts from different countries, international organizations, and stakeholder groups. It is based on major existing systems around the world, including OSHA’s HCS. OSHA’s HCS has adopted the GHS to help improve health and safety for American workers. Some sections of the HCS are going to change and some sections are going to stay the same.
There are numerous requirements consisting of education and experience to qualify to sit for the Certified Industrial Hygienist exam administered by the American Board of Industrial Hygiene (ABIH). Here we present key information from the ABIH pertaining to the current requirements to become a CIH.