NIOSHThe National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) is extending the comment period for its carcinogen and Recommended Exposure Limit (REL) Policy Assessment.

NIOSH made the announcement today in the Federal Register that the deadline – which was to have been September 22, 2011, will be pushed forward to December 30, 2011.

In a review of its approach which began last month, NIOSH requested initial input on issues and created a new NIOSH Cancer and RELs Policy web topic page
policy.html that provides progress updates about the effort.

NIOSH cited a request to extend the comment period to permit the public more time to gather and submit information as the reason for the revised deadline.

Written or electronic comments must be received on or postmarked by Friday, December 30, 2011.

Written comments, identified by docket number NIOSH-240, may be submitted by any of the following methods:
     Mail: NIOSH Docket Office, Robert A. Taft Laboratories,
MS-C34, 4676 Columbia Parkway, Cincinnati, Ohio 45226.
     Facsimile: (513) 533-8285.
A complete electronic docket containing all comments submitted will be
available on the NIOSH Web page at, and
comments will be available in writing by request. NIOSH includes all
comments received without change in the docket, including any personal
information provided. All electronic comments should be formatted as
Microsoft Word and should include a reference to docket number NIOSH-240.