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SAFETY / OSHA / WORKERS' COMPENSATION ó 8/16/06

Hexavalent Chromium standardís recordkeeping provisions approved

OSHA published a final rule for chromium (VI) (Cr(VI)) on February 28, 2006, after determining that employees exposed to Cr(VI) are at increased risk of developing lung cancer. In addition, occupational exposure to Cr(VI) may result in asthma and damage to the nasal passages and the skin. The final rule became effective on May 30, 2006. The information collection requirements in the final rule were recently approved, effective July 5, 2006 to March 31, 2009. The approved collections of information are in the areas of Exposure Determination; Regulated Areas; Respiratory Protection; Protective Work Clothing and Equipment; Housekeeping; Medical Surveillance; and Recordkeeping.

Fact Sheet. OSHA has issued a Fact Sheet on the Health Effects of Hexavalent Chromium, describing the major industrial sources, how employees are exposed and how they can be harmed. It also outlines the requirements of the new OSHA workplace standard. Briefly, the standard limits the time of exposure; requires periodic monitoring, personal protective clothing, good personal hygiene and housekeeping practices; respiratory protection; and medical examinations. Employee rotation may not be used to achieve compliance with the exposure limit.

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