Tens of thousands of workers become sick from exposures to the countless hazardous chemicals used in the workplace as part of a job function each day in the United States. These sicknesses sometimes result in long term, adverse health issues, and even death. OSHA, or the Occupational Safety and Health Administration – an offshoot of the U.S. Department of Labor – has recently launched two new web resources that should assist businesses with resources that will work toward keeping workers safe.
OSHA has also recently created another new web resource, known as the Annotated Permissible Exposure Limits, also called annotated PEL tables. Annotated PEL tables help enable employers to voluntarily adopt newer, advanced, and more protective workplace exposure limits. OSHA’s annotated PEL tables appoint mandatory limits on the amount, or concentration of a chemical substance that could be released into the air to protect workers against the health effects of these hazardous chemicals. Due to concerns about OSHA’s ability to police the numerous hazardous chemicals in the United States, OSHA promises to continue to enforce its mandated PEL list. However, despite OSHA’s adoption of its annotated PEL table, the consistent flow of new scientific data, along with research industrial experts and developments in technology indicate that, in most instances, the mandatory limits put forth are still not sufficient enough to completely protect the health of workers.
Despite the pessimists out there that say OSHA has not established enough guidelines and resources regarding the improvement of worker safety through the enforcement of stricter chemical safety procedures, it is impossible to discount the effort made by the regulating body to improve the situation of too many hazardous chemicals used by industrial businesses. Ecolink works toward helping the circulation of resources and information made available to combat the use of hazardous chemicals.