As an employer, you are responsible for assuring your employees
are not overexposed to hazardous substances. Exposure usually occurs
by inhalation, contact, or ingestion.
Monitoring air quality can help prevent employees from inhaling
hazardous concentrations of airborne chemicals. Occupational Safety
and Health Administration (OSHA) has Permissible Exposure Limits
(PEL) for chemicals. For hazardous chemicals not covered by an
OSHA standard, departments should comply with other available
recommended exposure limits, for example, the American
Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH) Threshold
Limit Values (TLV), or the chemical manufacturer's recommended
Most of OSHA's chemical exposure limits are found in the 1910.1000
Air Contaminant Standard. OSHA has
also developed several substance-specific standards that regulate
exposure to a single chemical.
Isolating the worker from the hazardous chemical or using personal
protective equipment (PPE) can prevent hazardous chemicals from
coming in contact with employees' skin. Our occupational
medicine physicians review workplaces to determine which PPEs
are most appropriate, and most effective, based on specific job
descriptions. We also have access to the most recent OSHA standards
to ensure you meet the latest regulations.
Wearing appropriate gloves when handling chemicals and practicing
good personal hygiene can prevent employees from ingesting
hazardous chemicals. Eating, drinking, and applying cosmetics
must not be allowed in areas where hazardous chemicals are used.
Health First Occupational Medicine can help you protect your most
valuable assets your employees. For more information, call
us at (321) 434-8878.