Cancer Workplace exposures

NIOSH seeks to update carcinogen policy

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Washington – NIOSH is seeking comment on a draft update to the agency’s carcinogen policy.

Issued Nov. 15, Update of NIOSH Carcinogen Classification and Target Risk Level Policy for Chemical Hazards in the Workplace would revise the agency’s 1978 carcinogen policy to reflect developments in cancer research. The new document includes a method for classifying carcinogens that is based on systems used by other organizations, including the Environmental Protection Agency and the International Agency for Research on Cancer.

NIOSH has scheduled a public meeting on the policy in Washington on Dec. 16. Comments are due Feb. 13.