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Manufacturing Program

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The Manufacturing Program includes representatives of different NIOSH divisions and external organizations (academia, trade/professional organizations, industry, insurers, unions and government).  These diverse parties collaborate to identify and address the most critical issues in workplace safety and health in manufacturing, through research and non-research activities.

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Occupational exposure banding, also known as hazard banding, is a process intended to quickly and accurately assign chemicals into specific categories (bands), which correspond to a range of exposure concentrations designed to protect worker health. These bands are assigned based on a chemical’s toxicological potency and the adverse health effects associated with exposure to the chemical. The output of this process is an occupational exposure band (OEB).