OSHA Hex Chrome PEL Upheld - 2/23/2009
Washington, DC - In a decision issued February 23 by a 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel of judges, OSHA won on almost all counts regarding challenges to the hexavalent chromium, or Cr(VI), permissible exposure limit (PEL) set in February 2006. The judges determined that a PEL of 5 micrograms of Cr(VI) per cubic meter of air is sufficient to protect workers (including welders) exposed to the compound, and the standard applies to maintenance and repair employees at coal and nuclear plants as well. However, OSHA must now state its reasons for requiring employees to be notified when monitored Cr(VI) exposures exceed the PEL rather than notifying employees of all monitoring results. Read more about the hex chrome PEL on OSHA’s Web site.
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