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NIOSH Testimony on the role of NIOSH in Implementing the Toxic Substances Control Act by L. Rosenstock, July 13, 1994.

NIOSH 1994 Jul:7 pages
This testimony summarized information and comments regarding efforts of NIOSH in implementing the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) and offered suggestions on how data obtained under the Act could more effectively be used to increase worker health and safety. The mandate of NIOSH is to conduct research on innovative methods, techniques, and approaches for preventing occupational safety and health problems, including those created by new technology. NIOSH believes that preventing harmful exposures is the key to avoiding human suffering and death caused by workplace hazards. Under the TSCA the EPA is permitted to require testing of any chemical which may present an unreasonable risk of injury to health or the environment. NIOSH suggests that data which would come from employee studies would also be beneficial and is anxious to work with the EPA on this issue. NIOSH uses data generated from the TSCA chemical testing program to assist in selecting chemicals for developing criteria documents. NIOSH also used TSCA data in compiling the data base known as the Registry of Toxic Effects of Chemical Substances. The EPA proposal to reformulate the Toxic Release Inventory will assist NIOSH in collecting information to update workplace surveys conducted in the early 70's and 80's. One of the major frustrations is the long front end time needed to obtain test data through government agencies.
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