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Notices to Readers Occupational Safety and Health Guidelines for Chemical Hazards

CDC's National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has issued two supplements to the NIOSH/OSHA Occupational Health Guidelines for Chemical Hazards (1). Both supplements are entitled Occupational Safety and Health Guidelines for Chemical Hazards (2,3)*; they contain 65 additional guidelines useful to workers, employers, and occupational safety and health professionals. Each guideline includes the chemical name; synonyms; chemical and physical properties; exposure limits; signs and symptoms of exposure; and recommendations for medical mon itoring, respiratory and personal protective equipment, and control procedures. The recommendations reflect good industrial hygiene and medical monitoring practices that will enhance worker-protection programs if they are implemented by employers. The guidelines will be updated as new information becomes available. These recommendations should be understood as general approaches to addressing chemical hazards. They do not provide specific guidelines for achieving compliance with occupational safety and health regulations.

The 1981 publication is a three-volume set that was originally distributed in ringed binders. Each guideline from the new supplements can be inserted at the appropriate place in that original set. Reported by: Div of Standards Development and Technology Transfer, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, CDC.

References

  1. NIOSH. NIOSH/OSHA occupational health guidelines for chemical hazards. Cincinnati, Ohio: US Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, CDC, 1981; DHHS publication no. (NIOSH)81-123.

  2. NIOSH. Occupational safety and health guidelines for chemical hazards. Cincinnati, Ohio: US Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, CDC, 1988; DHHS publication no. (NIOSH)88-118, suppl I-OHG.

  3. NIOSH. Occupational safety and health guidelines for chemical hazards. Cincinnati, Ohio: US Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, CDC, 1988; DHHS publication no. (NIOSH)89-104, suppl II-OHG. *Single copies of the supplements are available without charge from the Publications Dissemination Section, DSDTT, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, CDC, 4676 Columbia Parkway, Cincinnati, Ohio 45226; telephone (513) 533-8287. Copies of the original three-volume set of NIOSH/OSHA Occupational Health Guidelines for Chemical Hazards (NTIS no. PB-81-167-710/A20) can be obtained from the National Technical Information Service, Port Royal Road, Springfield, VA 22161.



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