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.
Chemical Exposure Monitoring Procedures
- All hazardous chemicals present in the workplace must be clearly identified
- Employees are evaluated to identify who needs to be monitored
- A selected group can be monitored for exposure provided that the sampling is conducted under the highest potential exposure.
- The sample can be obtained if the employee(s) sampled are in the same job classification; work in the same area; work during the same work shift and the employee(s) sampled is expected to have the highest exposure of all employees in the group of employees represented by the samples collected.
- Exposure monitoring must be conducted in accordance with 29 CFR 1910.1003-1910.1050
- Different methods are utilized to determine the chemical exposure (i.e. direct reading instruments and passive dosimeter badges)
- If dosimeter badges are used for monitoring, the badges are analyzed by Accredited Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) laboratories
- Based on the results, employee exposure to the chemical is assessed and appropriate controls (engineering and administrative) are implemented if needed
If you work with any of the chemicals mentioned above, please contact EHS at 646-NYP-SAFE for an assessment.