OSHA hexavalent chromium exposure notification rules take effect June 15

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Effective June 15, OSHA will require employers to notify workers of all hexavalent chromium exposure findings regardless of whether the finding is above the permissible exposure limit (PEL).

In May, OSHA issued a final rule revising the employee notification requirements under the February 2006 hexavalent chromium final rule. The revisions stemmed from a 2009 court order when OSHA was directed to either lower the PEL, or amend the notification requirements—OSHA opted for the latter.

Prior to updating the hexavalent chromium final rule, OSHA Feb. 23 announced that it is implementing a national emphasis program focused on hexavalent chromium exposure. The program will focus on industries where overexposures frequently occur, including construction, and will apply to all businesses, including those with fewer than 10 employees.

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