EHS Issue Concerns

The American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) has released a list of the top EHS Policy Issues for the new year.  Here is a sample of some of the most pressing issues that the organization is looking at this year and will be working with OSHA and Congress to try to address these issues and come to a better understanding on how to make such improvements.

Updating Permissible Exposure Limits (PELs): PELs indicate how long an individual can be exposed to a particular substance without experiencing harmful effects.  According to the AIHA, most PELs have not been updated since the 1960’s and 1970’s.

Injury and Illness Prevention Program (I2P2): Under the I2P2, this would require employers to establish and maintain a Injury and Illness Prevention Program.  This would involve planning, implementing, evaluating, and improving processes and activities that protect employee safety and health.

MSDS/Globally Harmonized System (GHS):
 Improve the accuracy of MSDSs, as well as improve hazard communication for employers and employees.  With this would be to move forward to adopting the Globally Harmonized System (GHS) Standards.

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