printech, January, 2004
OSHA Withdraws TB and Glycol Ether Exposure Rules


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From: Gary Jones (gjonesprinting@aol.com)
Date: Fri, 2 Jan 2004 17:12:57


FYI - From OSHA's Whats New eNews. More info can be found at www.osha.gov.

Proposed Rules on Tuberculosis, Glycol Ethers Withdrawn

The general industry standard on respiratory protection will be extended to workers exposed to tuberculosis following OSHA's decision to withdraw its 1997 proposal on TB. The agency announced the withdrawal Dec. 31 citing a 40 percent decrease in the number of TB cases in the U.S. over the past 10 years. OSHA also announced last month it would terminate rulemaking to reduce permissible exposure limits on glycol ethers because of a decline in both their production and use. The substances, once commonly used in the automobile refinishing industry, and in construction paints, printings inks, and the semiconductor industry, are now mainly used in closed systems where employees have little opportunity for exposure.



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