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NIOSH Testimony on Standards for Metal and Nonmetal Mining by J. D. Millar, January 26, 1983.
NIOSH 1983 Jan:3 pages
This testimony concerns the comments of NIOSH regarding standards for metal and nonmetal mining. NIOSH believes, in order to best protect workers from hazardous chemical and physical agents in metal and nonmetal mines, that MSHA should continue to base its health standards on the recommendations of NIOSH Criteria Documents or, in their absence, on the Threshold Limit Values of the American Conference of Governmental Hygienists. Most of the substances found on the list of TLV's may be found in the mining workplace. Mining workplaces can be expected to include many chemicals also found in the nonmining industrial workplaces. NIOSH suggests that the entire list be retained as mining health standards, as there is little information on which to base selection of chemical substances certain to be found on mining property; that enforcement actions pursuant to a TLV based standard would be taken on only those substances actually found on mining property; that substances not known to be on mining property today may well be there tomorrow; and that as there are no general duty classes, a comprehensive standard is a meaningful alternative.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Testimony; Millar-J-D; Mining-industry; Underground-mining; Work-environment; Safety-practices; Control-technology; Occupational-exposure;
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Control Technology and Personal Protective Equipment; Research Tools and Approaches; Control-technology;
NIOSH, 3 pages
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