OSHA’s Sandy results: Contaminants within PEL levels

New York – Workers conducting recovery operations in New York and New Jersey in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy were exposed to harmful contaminants, but none exceeded OSHA permissible exposure limits, according to sampling results from the agency.

The analysis was part of OSHA’s response to Hurricane Sandy. The agency also conducted a health risk assessment of the areas affected by the storm and real-time industrial hygiene monitoring. Industrial hygienists were deployed to conduct screenings and sampling of response activities such as debris collection.

Partial results of the sampling were released Jan. 9. OSHA said it intends to update additional industrial hygiene monitoring results.

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