Ideas emerge for updating permissible exposure limits
Frank White, vice president of Organization Resources Counselors, safety and health consultants to more than 100 large corporations, told lawmakers:
"It is unlikely, at least in the near term, that the Department of Labor will give this issue the priority attention that it deserves or will devote sufficient resources to an update effort. We have also concluded that it may be possible to craft limited legislation to provide an appropriate structure for an initial update."
Critical points, according to White, include:
Margaret M. Seminario, director, Department of Occupational Safety and Health for the AFL-CIO, made these points:
The American Industrial Hygiene Association, with input from experts like White and Seminario, has crafted draft language for a model bill on updating PELs and has floated it on Capitol Hill. Formal legislation might be introduced in 2003.