Category: Chemicals

Today’s workplace uses thousands of chemicals, many of which are hazardous. The resources in this section will help guide you in the safe and legal identification, storage, transport, and use of these chemicals, and in making sure that your employees right to know how to be safe around such substances is provided, as required by law.

Preventing Cancer: NIOSH Eliminates Recommended Exposure Limits for Carcinogens

According to the American Cancer Society, about 40 percent of Americans will develop cancer during their lifetime, and about 20 percent will die of cancer. An unknown percentage of these cancers are caused by workplace exposure to carcinogens. To aid in the prevention of occupational cancer, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) […]

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Nanoparticle Exposure: NIOSH Updates Engineering Control Recommendations

The behavior of many common chemicals is, by now, predictable in most circumstances. But when a very common substance (for example, carbon) is broken down into individual molecules and rebuilt into an extremely tiny structure (for example, a tube of carbon “rings”), its chemical behavior is entirely differently from the same substance in a larger […]

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Farm Group Requests 1-Year Delay of Pesticide Rule

On December 22, 2016, The American Farm Bureau Federation and the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (AFBF/NASDA) petitioned the EPA to delay by 1 year the January 1, 2017, compliance date for the Agency’s revised standards to improve protections for farm workers who apply or otherwise handle or are exposed to pesticides (Worker […]

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NIOSH Recommends Exposure Limits, Controls for Flavoring Chemicals

Have you enjoyed a tasty cup of flavored coffee or delicious hot buttery popcorn lately? That rich flavor probably came from an extracted and concentrated form of one or more naturally occurring chemical substances—substances that, in their pure chemical form, have the very chemical-sounding names of diacetyl and 2,3-pentanedione.

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EPA Proposes TSCA Partial Ban on TCE

The EPA is proposing to use its authority under Section 6(a) of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) to prohibit several uses of trichloroethylene (TCE), a volatile organic compound, to eliminate exposures to workers, consumers, and the general population, which, the Agency says, result in significant cancer and noncancer health risks. The proposal would specifically […]

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RMP Revisions Are Final

On December 21, 2016, EPA finalized revisions to the Chemical Accident Prevention Provisions under 40 CFR 68, also known as the Risk Management Program (RMP).  The revisions, which were proposed back in March 2016, are intended to improve elements of the RMP, enhance emergency preparedness, and ensure that local emergency response officials and the public […]

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9th Circuit Rules Against Local Pesticide Regs

Disputes about environmental preemption usually make news in the context of disagreements over federal versus state statutory and constitutional authority. (Note that preservation of state power was probably the major final obstacle holding up Congressional passage of the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, which reformed the federal Toxic Substances Control […]

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