The New Era of Global Exposure Limit Setting Processes- Harmonization of an OEL Hierarchy Approach

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Sponsored by the Control Banding Working Group, Exposure Assessment Strategies and Statistics Committee and the Risk Assessment Committee

Earn 2.5 Contact Hours
The profession’s # 1 public policy issue for the past 5 years has been the “update of occupational exposure limits”. So where are we today and where are we going? EH&S professionals have considered OELs to be one of the most effective tools for performing risk assessments upon which risk management strategies for worker protection are based. OELs have been established for airborne workplace chemicals by various authoritative global organizations for well over 60 years. With the changing global regulatory arena, shifting centers of manufacturing growth, a move towards a global perspective on solving health issues, tendencies towards banding and the formulation of control assumptions without the use of exposure data, the time to re-examine the continued value of OELs and other options is now. About 1,000-2,000 of over 100,000 chemicals in worldwide use are presently either regulated by a government statute or have a guideline OEL. In defining other approaches, the webinar presenters briefly highlight the OEL setting processes today, their role in occupational hygiene/ risk assessment, the development and implementation of health based exposure limits, the profiling of risk related tools (banding) to complement traditional exposure limit setting, a clarification of existing tools and their strengths, the intersection of occupational and environmental limit setting processes, and the challenges moving forward. The webinar promises to be quick paced and energized by an enthusiastic slate of speakers. Also, audience participation will be integrated to further refine future action items for the profession. ​

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Learning Outcomes
Upon completion, participates will be able to:

  • Identify strengths and weaknesses of the exposure limit setting and banding processes in play, both here and abroad.
  • Explain, intepret and apply the “Hierarchy of OELs” model.
  • Engage in a process to define where the risk-related professions take the dialogue and tool(s) development.
Presentations and Presenters 
  • “International Approaches and Influence on Today’s OEL Setting Processes—The Big Picture” - J. Perkins/C. Laszcz- Davis
  • “Occupational Exposure Bands: A Tool for Setting OELs for Chemicals With Limited Data” - D. Heidel
  • “General Development & Implementation of Health Based OELs” - S. Ripple
  • “Risk Based Occupational Exposure Limits” - M. Jayjock
  • “Risk Based Environmental Limits—Are They Relevant to OELs?” - R. Kalmes
  • “OEL Hierarchy—What is the Tool Kit?” A. Maier
  • “Implementation of Hierarchy Approach: Shell Oil Experience” - K. Niven
  • Summary of Key Points and Q & A - J. Perkins/C. Laszcz-Davis

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