- OIL & GAS
In addition, rulemaking initiated in 1993 to reduce permissible exposure limits on glycol ethers has been abandoned by OSHA. Officials cite a decline in both their production and use. The substances, which pose reproductive health risks, were once commonly used in the automobile refinishing industry, and in construction paints, printings inks, and the semiconductor industry. They are now mainly used in closed systems where employees have little opportunity for exposure, according to the agency.