This guide was prepared to assist anyone preparing a criteria document in obtaining standardized reporting and to aid in moving along the publication of such documents in a timely manner. These guidelines pertained to the publication of criteria documents dealing with a chemical hazard only and not with safety and physical hazards which require the reporting of slightly different information. The guidelines offered suggestions for defining the different parts of the criteria documents, chapter format, how to list references cited, use of literature citations in the text material, and proper abbreviations. An example of a chapter layout was presented. The body of the document should contain the introduction; a listing of properties, sources and uses of the chemical; biologic effects of exposure (including results of human exposures, epidemiological, and animal toxicity studies); environmental data; development of the standard; work practices; and compatibility between this proposed standard and other standards in the field. Also included in the report were proper labeling restrictions, results of medical and environmental monitoring, the need for personal protective equipment, sanitation procedures, and recordkeeping requirements.
NIOSH, U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, Cincinnati, Ohio, 41 pages