The NIOSH Occupational Exposure Banding Process: Guidance for the Evaluation of Chemical Hazards
NIOSH Docket Number 290, CDC-2017-0028
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced the availability of a draft Current Intelligence Bulletin entitled The NIOSH Occupational Exposure Banding Process: Guidance for the Evaluation of Chemical Hazards for public comment. NIOSH sought comments on the draft document and held a public meeting to discuss the document. The Public Meeting was held on Tuesday, May 23, 2017 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Eastern Time.
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- Federal Register Notice: Notice of availability pdf icon[PDF – 304 KB]
- Federal Register Notice:Federal Register Noticepdf icon Reopening of Comment Period
- Federal Register Notice: Federal Register Noticepdf icon Correction to Meeting Date
- Federal Register Notice:Federal Register Noticepdf icon
- Background Information:
- The NIOSH Occupational Exposure Banding Process for Chemical Risk Management pdf icon[PDF – 3 MB] – Final
- DRAFT: The NIOSH Occupational Exposure Banding Process: Guidance for the Evaluation of Chemical Hazardspdf icon
Occupational exposure banding is a process of quickly assigning chemicals into specific categories or bands. 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 (OEB), which corresponds to a range of exposure concentrations that is expected to be protective to worker health. Recently the National Institute for Occupational and Safety Health (NIOSH) has developed a process to apply the occupational exposure banding process to a broad spectrum of occupational settings. The 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.