→ The Occupational Exposure Banding Process: Guidance for the Evaluation of Chemical Hazards

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The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) recently developed a process to apply the occupational exposure banding process to a broad spectrum of occupational settings. These bands are assigned based on a chemical's potency and the negative health outcomes associated with exposure to the chemical. The output of this process is an occupational exposure band, which corresponds to a range of exposure concentrations that is expected to be protective to worker health. The new NIOSH occupational exposure banding process uses available, but often limited, toxicological data to determine a potential range of chemical exposure levels that can be used as targets for exposure controls to reduce risk among workers. Comments are being sought from individuals including scientists and representatives from various government agencies, industry, labor, and other stakeholders, and also the public, specifically regarding any errors of fact, unsubstantiated claims, evidence of careless experimental work, inclusion of too much information already in the literature, or statements that are inaccurate.

 

*In response to a request from an interested party, NIOSH announced the reopening on the comment period, which originally closed on June 13, 2017. As of June 21, 2017, the public comments will now be accepted until July 21, 2017.*