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Blog Author Angelique Sanders

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Monday, November 25, 2013

Safety News Briefs - General Duty Clause Used To Enforce Chemical Safety

A regular news feature summarizing workplace safety related news.

We scan newspapers, magazines and the internet for safety news that isn't being reported elsewhere. The following are links to safety-related news and articles that came out during the past week. If you have safety news, or safety tips, send them to: duralabelpro@gmail.com.

OSHA Using General General Duty Clause To Enforce Chemical Safety

The Wall Street Journal has an articled they headline as "OSHA Uses New Way to Enforce Out-of-Date Rules for a Risky Chemical." The article reports on OSHA using the General Duty Clause because the exposure limits in OSHA standards for some hazardous chemicals is too low. However, employers are contesting this citations because they have not violated OSHA's established standards. The article reports that:

"Companies like Dow Chemical Co. and DuPont Co. recommend limits for many chemicals that are usually lower than OSHA, both for use in their production facilities and for their customers, according to internal industrial hygienists at the companies. For chemicals considered especially hazardous, the companies review their customers' use to enforce proper handling, these people said. A trade association, the Styrene Information & Research Center, recommends that companies use styrene exposure limits that are half as low as OSHA's requirement."

However, the article also states that:

"Industry groups are concerned that OSHA could try to enforce exposure limits that haven't gone through the thorough review that new OSHA standards require. Industry lawyers say they will vigorously fight back against any attempts to use the general-duty clause to make an end run around existing rules. Some industry attorneys said they also fear OSHA's endorsement of tougher limits could be used by some plaintiffs' lawyers to try to win bigger penalties in liability lawsuits."

Read the complete article here.

Related past posts:
Court Denies OSHA's Request For Enterprise Wide Relief
OSHA Proposes Changes To Reporting Requirements
OSHA's Exposure Limit Resource

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