November 19, 2013 Leave a comment
From Cliff Gerbick, CSP (The Reserves Network Director of Safety)
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has released two online resources to help workers understand and identify hazardous chemicals in the workplace.
While OSHA has identified many dangerous chemicals that are present in workplaces, it concedes that their “…exposure standards are out-of-date and inadequately protective for the small number of chemicals that are regulated in the workplace.”
In order to help eliminate the knowledge gap, OSHA’s first resource is designed to help employers replace harmful chemicals with less harmful substances. The toolkit, as OSHA describes it, “…walks employers and workers step-by-step through information, methods, tools and guidance to either eliminate hazardous chemicals or make informed substitution decisions in the workplace by finding a safer chemical, material, product or process.”
The second resource allows employers and workers to compare current OSHA Permissible Exposure Limits (PEL’s) to other consensus exposure limits. This has been provided so employers and workers will voluntarily adopt the newer, more effective exposure limits. Since many PEL’s were adopted over 30 years ago, it is imperative for employers to determine what levels are best practices to ensure they are protecting their employees.
For the full OSHA Press Release and links to the two online resources, please visit: (LINK: OSHA.gov)
Cliff Gerbick is the Director of Safety for The Reserves Network, a provider of “Total Staffing Solutions” in the office, industrial, professional and technical markets. To contact Cliff, email cgerbick@TRNstaffing.com. Visit the The Reserves Network’s website at www.TRNstaffing.com.