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Web Date: October 25, 2013

Protecting Workers

Safety: Federal workplace safety regulators push a volunteer program for safer chemical substitution, tighter exposure limits
Department: Government & Policy | Collection: Safety
Keywords: worker safety, OSHA, workplace exposure, substitution, safer alternatives

Federal regulators are asking employers to voluntarily boost safeguards for workers exposed to hazardous chemicals. The Occupational Safety & Health Administration warns that many current federal limits on chemical exposure in the workplace are insufficient.

OSHA launched an initiative on Oct. 24 that offers guidance to businesses about substituting safer substances for more hazardous substances and sets voluntary exposure limits for hazardous chemicals to levels lower than federal standards. By taking such action, the agency . . .

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