NIOSH Testimony on Hazard Communication by J. D. Millar, January 29, 1986.
NIOSH 1986 Jan:1 pages
This testimony states the support of NIOSH for the efforts of OSHA to revise the Hazard Communication standard by redefining a trade secret so that workers and health professionals will have greater access to vital information concerning the names of the substances to which workers have been exposed. In a survey conducted by NIOSH in 1972, it was determined that approximately 25% of the American workers were potentially exposed to an occupational health hazard. The same survey identified 85,000 individual trade name products which accounted for 70% of the recorded exposures. In 90% of these trade name product cases neither the employer or employee knew the actual identity of the chemicals in the trade name product. The Hazard Communication standard should be revised by redefining a trade secret so that there will be greater access to vital information concerning the names of chemical substances to which workers may be exposed.
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