*Short Term Exposure Limits: The 15-minute Time Weighted Average (TWA) is 2 ppm in the UK and Hawaii, 3 ppm in Washington, and either 2 ppm or 3ppm in Canada based upon province.
*Excursion Limits: Worker exposure levels can’t exceed more than 3 ppm for more than 30 minutes a day and at a ceiling level of 5 ppm, according to ACGIH.
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How is Workplace Safety Mandated?
According to Act 8 of the OSH Act of 1970, OSHA “is authorized to –
1. enter without delay and at reasonable times any factory, plant, establishment, construction site, or other area, workplace, or environment where work is performed by an employee of an employer; and
2. inspect and investigate during regular working hours and at other reasonable times, and within reasonable limits and in a reasonable manner, any such place of employment and all pertinent conditions, structures, machines, apparatus, devices, equipment, and materials therein, and to question privately any such employer, owner, operator, agent or employee.”
The General Duty Clause describes how employers must provide a safe work environment for their employees.
The Hazard Communication Standard describes how employers must inform their employees about the chemical hazards they work with.
The General Duty Clause
Section 5(a)(1) of the OSHA Act was formalized in 1970 stating: “Each employer shall –
1. furnish to each of his employees’ employment and a place of employment which are free from recognized hazards that are causing or are likely to cause death or serious physical harm to his employees.
2. comply with occupational safety and health standards promulgated under this Act.”
Conversely, under 5(b) “Each employee shall comply with occupational safety and health standards and all rules, regulations, and orders issued pursuant to this Act which are applicable to his own actions and conduct.”
The Hazard Communication Standard
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