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OSHA releases toxic chemical exposure data

April 29, 2010
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WASHINGTON — The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is soon releasing 15 years of data providing details of workplace exposure to toxic chemicals from measurements taken by OSHA compliance officers during inspections, according to a press release.
According to the release, the data offers insights into the levels of toxic chemicals commonly found in workplaces, as well as insights into how chemical exposure levels to specific chemicals are distributed across industries, geographical areas and time.
OSHA will soon make available to the public an easy-to-use online search tool allowing easy access to this information at: www.osha.gov/opengov/healthsamples.html, the release stated.
Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA Dr. David Michaels said: "We believe this information, in the hands of informed, key stakeholders, will ultimately lead to a more robust and focused debate on what still needs to be done to protect workers in all sectors, especially in the chemical industry. This directive conforms with Secretary Solis'' clear and urgent goal of reducing injuries and illnesses among Latino and other vulnerable workers. These workers represent an integral and essential part of the key industries that keep our country running every day."
In addition to the toxic chemical exposure reporting, OSHA issued an enforcement memorandum directing compliance officers to ensure they check and verify that workers are receiving OSHA required training in a language they understand — an initiative directed at protecting Latino and other non-English speaking workers, the release noted.
Click here to read the complete release.
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