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NIOSH Testimony on Occupational Exposure to Formaldehyde by J. D. Millar, July 30, 1985.
NIOSH 1985 Jul:3 pages
This testimony contains comments from NIOSH regarding the general format provided by OSHA in the Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking regarding the occupational exposure to formaldehyde (50000). NIOSH recommends an exposure limit of 1 part per million (ppm) as a 30 minute ceiling to protect against the irritative effects of formaldehyde. NIOSH also recommends that the chemical be considered a potential occupational carcinogen and that exposure be kept to the lowest feasible limit. In the case of formaldehyde, it has been established that some workers experience symptoms of irritation as a result of relatively brief exposures at concentrations of 2ppm. Adherence to an action level would avoid such problems. A number of Health Hazard Evaluations and other field reports have been submitted which can be roughly classified as: garment manufacturing, hospital pathology, histology and anatomy laboratories and dialysis units; and miscellaneous industries. Medical examinations should be directed toward detecting the specific effects of exposure among the workers.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Testimony; Millar-J-D; Laboratory-workers; Construction-industry; Health-care-personnel; Carcinogens; Textiles-industry; Textile-workers; Formaldehydes;
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