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Workers to Be Told About|Chromium Exposure

WASHINGTON (CN) - The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has proposed to revise employee notification requirements for Hexavalent Chromium exposure, so employers are required to notify workers of the results of all determinations of exposure, not just those that exceed the permissible exposure limit. (This requirement also has been published as a direct final rule with an effective date of June 16, if no opposition is filed.)

Hexavalent Chromium is carcinogenic when inhaled. Exposure may occur during work with stainless steal or certain pigments, among other jobs.

The agency's action is in response to a remand of the issue of employee notification, from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, after Public Citizen Health Research Group and other parties petitioned for review of the Hexavalent Chromium exposure standard.

The court had directed the agency to either provide an explanation for its decision to limit employee notification requirements to circumstances in which exposures exceed the permissible exposure limit or take other appropriate action with respect to that paragraph of the standard.

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