Scott Corriveau | Ansell
If you thought chemical safety rules were complex enough, you haven’t seen anything yet. In October, the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) called chemical exposure guidelines dangerously out of date, noting that many of them were created in the 1970s or earlier. OSHA called for a national dialogue on PELs and chemical exposures.
The result will most certainly be a set of new regulatory guidelines. After all, although there are thousands of chemicals present in today’s workplaces, OSHA admits that it has published exposure limits for less than 500 of them. And that’s just in the U.S. Around the world, chemical guidelines are becoming more complicated. In Taiwan, for example, environmental activists are demanding that the Taiwanese EPA tighten its regulations.