The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) released a press release on Friday, May 21st, regarding hexavalent chromium and worker knowledge of exposure.
The Hexavalent Chromium Standard is currently in effect, however employers have until May 31, 2010
to complete engineering controls, as necessary. All employers whose employees have potential exposures to hexavalent chromium should conduct sampling to determine what the exposures are. The Permissible Exposure Limit (PEL) for hexavalent chromium is 5 micrograms per cubic meter of air (5µg/m3). The "Action Level" is 2.5µg/m3. Specific requirements are mandatory if exposure meets or exceeds this level.New requirements:
OSHA has amended the Hexavalent Chromium [Cr(VI)] standard. As originally written, the Cr(VI) standard required employers to notify employees of any exposures in excess of the applicable permissible exposure limit (PEL).
OSHA is revising the employee notification requirements under the Hexavalent Chromium [Cr(VI)] regulation requiring employers to notify employees of the results of all exposure determinations, not just those that exceed PEL. The action comes in the form of a Direct Final Rule, which will be effective June 15, 2010
Also, OSHA recently released CPL 02-02-076, the compliance directive for implementing a National Emphasis Program (NEP) to identify and reduce or eliminate occupational exposure to hexavalent chromium.
Under the NEP:
Related OSHA documents OSHA Instruction CPL 02-02-076: National Emphasis Program – Hexavalent Chromium OSHA Instruction CPL 02-00-148: Field Operations Manual (FOM)
- Each region is required to conduct at least five inspections each year. Inspections will generally focus on industries where overexposures to hexavalent chromium are known to occur, for example, electroplating and foundries.
- Data from the EPA can be used to identify facilities where hexavalent chromium overexposures are unlikely.
- Employers participating in cooperative programs may be exempt from programmed inspections.
- Inspections under this NEP are to be conducted by an Industrial Hygiene Compliance Officer (IH or Health CSHO) who has received training.
- Area Offices are required to conduct follow-up inspections in certain cases, including where overexposures to hexavalent chromium or the other toxic substances targeted by this NEP are cited.
OSHA Instruction CPL 02-02-074 - Inspection Procedures for the Chromium (VI) Standards Related EVISA Resources Link database: Toxicity of hexavalent chromium Link Database: Occupational exposure of hexavalent chromium Link Database: Legislation for hexavalent chromium at the workplace Related EVISA News February 17, 2010: Hexavalent Chromium: OSHA deadline for engineering controls
approaching May 28, 2009: Hexavalent chromium rule added to revised OSHA Shipyard Industry
Document February 6, 2008: OSHA Issues Enforcement Procedures Directive for Hex Chrome
Standards April 12, 2007: OSHA Agrees to Monitor Worker Exposure to Hexavalent
Chromium-Containing Cement October 4, 2006: OSHA Issues Hexavalent Chromium Guidance for Small Businesses February 28, 2006: OSHA Issues Final Standard on Hexavalent Chromium
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