Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires employers to limit airborne exposure to hundreds of hazardous chemicals. Exposure to chemicals that are absorbed through skin and by ingestion can be controlled by using appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE). However, it is difficult to measure the chemical exposure if it is airborne. To ensure that employees are not overly exposed beyond the recommended guidelines, Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) conducts exposure monitoring.
Some of the chemicals regulated by OSHA that are used at NewYork-Presbyterian are formaldehyde, ethylene oxide and xylene which require routine monitoring of airborne concentrations. OSHA's permissible exposure limit (PEL) for these chemicals are very low and thus can be easily exceeded if proper engineering controls and administrative controls are not in place.
If you work with any of the chemicals mentioned above, please contact EHS at 646-NYP-SAFE for an assessment.
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