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NIOSH Testimony on Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response by R. A. Lemen, December 1987.
NIOSH 1987 Dec:56 pages
This testimony concerns the views of NIOSH regarding the safety of workers engaged in hazardous waste operations and emergency response. NIOSH suggests the following requirements: adequate worker training before the worker begins handling hazardous wastes; the use of site control zones and a thorough site evaluation prior to the beginning work at the site; the use of handling techniques that limit the potential for human exposure to hazardous substances; and medical surveillance of all workers potentially exposed to hazardous substances. Suggested modifications to the proposed OSHA regulation are attached and deal with the following areas: scope, application and definitions for this work; contractors and subcontractors; site characterization and analysis; site control; training; medical examinations and consultations; recordkeeping; engineering controls; personal protective equipment; informational programs; shipping and transport; decontamination; procedures for handling emergency incidents; specialist employees; and sanitation at temporary workplaces.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Testimony; Lemen-R-A; Worker-health; Waste-disposal; Occupational-safety-programs; Hazardous-materials; Occupational-exposure; Work-practices; Workplace-monitoring;
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NIOSH, 56 pages
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