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Document ID (ISN)49860
CIS number 88-718
ISSN - Serial title 0097-6326 - Federal Register
Year 1987
Convention or series no.
Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
Title Occupational exposure to benzene [USA]
Bibliographic information 11 Sep. 1987, Vol.52, No.176, p.34460-34578. Also available separately from: OSHA Office of Publications, US Department of Labor, Room N-3101, 200 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20210, USA.
Abstract The 1978 US standard on occupational exposure to benzene (see CIS 78-1937) was vacated (voided) by the US Supreme Court in 1980, which meant that the old (1971) OSHA standard of 10ppm remained in effect. After further risk assessment, OSHA issued this reduced standard, reducing the permissible exposure limit from 10ppm to an 8h TWA of 1ppm and a short-term exposure limit of 5ppm. The effective date of the standard is 10 Dec. 1987. The risk assessment that led to the standard, including both epidemiologic studies and animal experiments and the reasons for the adoption of this standard, are discussed in detail. Also included: technological, economic and environmental aspects of the new standard, exposure monitoring, respiratory protection, protective clothing, medical surveillance, communication of benzene hazards to employees, recordkeeping, a substance safety data sheet on benzene.
Descriptors (primary) threshold limit values; USA; hazard evaluation; limitation of exposure; benzene
Descriptors (secondary) compliance with exposure limits; data sheet; cost of safety; economic aspects; exposure evaluation; epidemiologic study; personal protective equipment; animal experiments; health hazards; safe working methods; exposure records; medical supervision; directive; comment on directive; standard; leukaemia
Document type A - Laws, regulations, directives
Country / State or ProvinceUSA
Subject(s) Standards and directives with the force of law
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Browse category(ies) Risk evaluation
Aromatic hydrocarbons
Occupational exposure limits