Chemical Rules' Worker Safety Parts Updated: EPA Proposal

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By Pat Rizzuto

July 27 — The Environmental Protection Agency will present plans to update the worker safety provisions of its new chemical rules, under a regulation it proposed July 27.

The changes the EPA will propose align with updated requirements the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has established.

EPA also will propose to clarify that the worker safety requirements it establishes for chemical manufacturers should be implemented consistent with OSHA's hierarchy of controls approach for workplace health and safety.

Under that hierarchy, where possible workplaces should eliminate hazardous chemicals or working situations, substitute hazardous chemicals, use engineering controls and instate workplace or administrative controls before they require workers to use personal protective equipment.

For More Information

The EPA's proposed rule is available at https://s3.amazonaws.com/public-inspection.federalregister.gov/2016-15005.pdf.

Comments, due Sept. 26, should be marked Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OPPT-2014-0650 and filed at http://www.regulations.gov.

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