Today's News / Compliance / Environmental and Occupational Health

Surprise: PELs issue shows up on OSHA regulatory agenda

OSHAIn what AIHA Government Affairs Director Aaron K. Trippler calls a "surprise" move, OSHA has put a Permissible Exposure Limits (PELs)-related item on its regulatory agenda.

Trippler said the prerule stage issue titled Review/Lookback of OSHA Chemical Standards is an effort to update the PELS.

"The surprise isn’t only that OSHA addressed this issue but that it would be placed in the regulatory agenda," wrote Trippler in his Happenings from the Hill report. "The agenda item doesn’t really call for rulemaking but rather a 'request for information,' hopefully by August."

OSHA has tried to update the PELs numerous times over the past dozen years, with little success. Last year the agency created an internal working group to discuss options for updating the PELs.

"This group came back with no viable options at this time which many thought meant the issue would once again be relegated to the back room. Dr. Michaels surprised many with placing this on the regulatory agenda and shows he has a real interest in seeking a solution for the problem."

Trippler said AIHA has been involved with the issue for many years. "With the placement of this item on the regulatory agenda, AIHA hopes to bring back the AIHA working group on PELs to see if we can provide input to the agency. Many still believe the only option is some sort of congressional legislative measure, but one has to start somewhere."

Did you enjoy this article? Click here to subscribe to ISHN.

You must login or register in order to post a comment.



Image Galleries

Scenes from the World of Safety

Sights, signs & symbols from the National Safety Congress & Expo held in San Diego, CA, September 15-18

4/21/15 2:00 pm EDT

The Safety Selfie: It’s time to take a “snap shot” of your safety program and contemplate what others see

We all know perception is reality and that people perceive things differently. As a safety manager, your perception of your safety program almost certainly differs from that of your workers and your managers. We will use our “Safety Selfies” to expose weaknesses, real and perceived, and to talk about how best to make improvements.

ISHN Magazine


2015 May

In this month's issue of ISHN, check out articles about heat protection, radiation in the workplace, and welding fumes

Table Of Contents Subscribe


M:\General Shared\__AEC Store Katie Z\AEC Store\Images\ISHN\safetyfourth.jpg
Safety Engineering, 4th Edition

A practical, solutions-driven reference, Safety Engineering, 4th edition, has been completely revised and updated to reflect many of today’s issues in safety.

More Products

For Distributors Only - May 2015

ISHN FDO May 2015


For Distributors Only is ISHN's niche brand standard-sized magazine supplement aimed at an audience of 2,000 U.S. distributors that sell safety products. Circulation only goes to distributors. 



Facebook logo Twitter YouTubeLinkedIn Google + icon

ishn infographics

2012 US workplace deathsCheck out ISHN's new Infographic page! Learn more about worker safety through these interactive images. CLICK HERE to view the page.