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Occupational exposure banding: NIOSH seeks feedback on draft guidance


Washington – NIOSH is seeking comment on a Current Intelligence Bulletin draft document, titled The Occupational Exposure Banding Process: Guidance for the Evaluation of Chemical Hazards.

Occupational exposure banding is a process of quickly assigning chemicals into specific categories or bands,” states a notice published in the March 15 Federal Register. “These bands are assigned based on a chemical’s potency and the negative health outcomes associated with exposure to the chemical … to determine a potential range of chemical exposure levels that can be used as targets for exposure controls to reduce risk among workers.”

The notice emphasizes 11 issues that NIOSH is asking reviewers to consider. Comments are due June 13. The agency has scheduled a public meeting for May 23 to discuss the draft document.

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