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Glutaraldehyde: a new strategy for updating recommended exposure limits.

MacMahon-K; Wess-J; Forresterr-C; Haring Sweeney-M
American Industrial Hygiene Conference and Exposition, June 2-7, 2001, New Orleans, Louisiana. Fairfax, VA: American Industrial Hygiene Association, 2001 Jun; :63-64
The Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 authorizes the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) to develop criteria, including recommended exposure limits (RELs), for preventing disease and hazardous conditions in the workplace. A REL is an occupational exposure limit recommended by NIOSH as being protective of worker health and safety over a working lifetime. NIOSH determined that an updated REL was indicated for glutaraldehyde as significant adverse health effects including contact dermatitis and asthma have been reported to occur in workers exposed below the current glutaraldehyde REL of 0.2 ppm (0.8 mg/m3) as a ceiling limit. A new process has been implemented in the development of an updated REL for glutaraldehyde in which NIOSH's comprehensive toxicology and epidemiology literature evaluation is based on recent reviews published by other standard setting groups. The Health and Safety Executive of the United Kingdom and the Nordic Expert Group in conjunction with the Dutch Expert Committee for Occupational Standards summarized the available occupational health literature on glutaraldehyde in 1997 and 1995, respectively. NIOSH has used these documents as the basis for its criteria document on glutaraldehyde. NIOSH has also reviewed the literature available since 1997 and evaluated current exposure data in order to develop a new REL and criteria document for glutaraldehyde. In addition to a REL, a criteria document contains recommendations for minimizing safety and health risks including medical monitoring, exposure assessment, worker training, control technology, personal protective equipment, and recordkeeping.
Exposure-limits; Worker-health; Safety-measures; Contact-dermatitis; Pulmonary-system; Pulmonary-system-disorders; Toxicology; Epidemiology; Risk-factors; Medical-monitoring; Training; Control-technology; Personal-protective-equipment; Respiratory-system-disorders; Exposure-assessment
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American Industrial Hygiene Conference and Exposition, June 2-7, 2001, New Orleans, Louisiana
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