Media Alert: New Session Added to 2014 AIHA Fall Conference Lineup

Release No. SPR-14-1008-01

Nicole Racadag, AIHA Communications
(703) 846-0700;

Possibilities for updating OSHA’s PELs to be discussed Oct. 21 in Washington, D.C.


FALLS CHURCH, Va. (October 8, 2014) — The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will soon publish a Request for Information (RFI) to stakeholders and others seeking recommendations on how the agency might update its permissible exposure limits (PELs). This RFI—scheduled to be published in the Oct. 10 Federal Register—will mark the first time in more than ten years that an administration has taken steps toward bringing the existing PELs up-to-date.

In light of this development, a new session at the 2014 AIHA Fall Conference will provide a forum for attendees to discuss what options might be considered to update the PELs. The discussion will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 21, 10:30–11:30 a.m. ET, at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Washington, D.C. Presenter William Perry, CIH, Director of the OSHA Directorate of Standards and Guidance, will outline the type of information the agency is requesting from stakeholders.

The AIHA Fall Conference is being held Oct. 18–22 at the Crystal Gateway Marriott. The new general session, “Updating the PELs – OSHA’s Latest Effort: An Open Discussion,” will replace the previously scheduled discussion “A Safety Crisis in the Apparel Industry.”

The new session will address critical questions such as:
  • Why is it difficult to address the issue of outdated PELs?

  • Are there viable solutions to the problem?

  • What type of input is OSHA requesting from stakeholders?

Updating the PELs has been the number one public policy issue for AIHA since the mid-1990s. The majority of the existing PELs are based on recommendations that were made more than 30 years ago and continue to have a major impact on the industrial hygiene profession.

The full meeting program can be viewed on the 2014 AIHA Fall Conference websiteNOTE: Qualified media representatives are invited to attend the 2014 AIHA Fall Conference free of charge. The remote participation option is available for some sessions. Please complete the press registration form to pre-register for the conference. Members of the press can contact Nicole Racadag at (703) 846-0700 or  for further information.

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