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NIOSH Testimony on Hazard Communication by J. F. Finklea, May 9, 1977.

NIOSH 1977 May:14 pages
This statement concerned the efforts of NIOSH in the area of communication of work place hazards to workers and other interested parties. Toward this end NIOSH has transmitted more than 60 criteria documents recommending new health standards to the Department of Labor. Two of the most common types of studies conducted by NIOSH which involve workers were the retrospective cohort studies and cross sectional medical studies. Regulations governing field investigations have also been promulgated by NIOSH. Over 100 different NIOSH publications were issued a year with many additional articles appearing in scientific journals. A series of health and safety guides has been developed specifically for small businesses. A criteria document concerning methods of identifying occupationally hazardous materials was disseminated to the Department of Labor in 1974 for subsequent distribution. Even so, employers and employees remain generally poorly informed regarding occupational health hazards. Over 7 million workers in the United States may be exposed to trade name products containing an OSHA regulated toxic substance, and over 300,000 workers may be exposed to trade name products containing one of the 16 carcinogens currently regulated by OSHA. Specific efforts undertaken to inform employees and employers about workplace exposures were described along with efforts to secure medical followup for workers exposed to toxic substances.
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