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Relevant Article: OSHA Extends PELs Comment Period

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OSHA announced recently that it has extended the comment period on its Request for Information on Chemical Management and Permissible Exposure Limits to Oct. 9, 2015 from its original deadline of .April 8, 2015. The RFI, issued Oct. 10, 2014, seeks stakeholders' input about more effective and efficient approaches to address workplace conditions where workers are exposed to hazardous chemicals. OSHA said the decision to extend the period was the result of many requests from stakeholders so they can research and formulate responses to questions included in the RFI.

In the RFI, OSHA says that it "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 agency said the request is concerned primarily with chemicals that cause adverse health effects from long-term occupational exposure and is unrelated to activities being conducted under Executive Order 13650, Improving Chemical Facility Safety and Security, which was issued by the president in response to the ammonium nitrate explosion in West, Texas. Comments may be submitted by visiting and searching for Docket No. OSHA-2012-0023-0001.

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Mr. Griffith has a received his bachelors degree in Environmental Health from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. He is a Certified Industrial Hygienist and president of Workplace Safety & Health Company. He has over 35 years of industrial hygiene, safety, loss control and consulting experience. Chemical monitoring, noise measurement, program development and management, risk assessment and computer management of health and safety data are areas of particular strength. Mr. Griffith is a member of the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) at the local and national level. He is also active in the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE).


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