NIOSH Meeting Will Gather Feedback on Occupational Exposure Banding Process

Published May 3, 2017

NIOSH will hold a public meeting on Tuesday, May 23, to discuss its new draft Current Intelligence Bulletin (CIB), The NIOSH Occupational Exposure Banding Process: Guidance for the Evaluation of Chemical Hazards. The meeting will take place in the auditorium of the Robert A. Taft Laboratories in Cincinnati, Ohio, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. ET. A limited number of participants will be able to participate remotely using a conference call phone number and live webcast. Further details about the meeting are available online in the Federal Register.

The draft document outlines NIOSH’s occupational exposure banding process, which is intended to help occupational health and safety professionals and others make timely, well-informed risk management decisions about chemicals that lack occupational exposure limits. The CIB also details the use and application of the process and summarizes efforts NIOSH has taken to evaluate its effectiveness and usability. Individuals can download the draft CIB from the docket folder on Regulations.gov (see the link under “supporting documents”).

NIOSH seeks feedback on the draft document from individuals including scientists and representatives from various government agencies, industry, labor, and other stakeholders. The authors urge commenters to place special emphasis on the technical review of certain issues, including chemicals that can cause an immediate effect; skin toxicants that are corrosive, an irritant, or a sensitizer; the process for assessing whether enough information is available to conduct occupational exposure banding; and how the agency should consider data collected on structural analogs or related chemicals in the banding scheme. A full list of authors’ questions is available in the Federal Register notice.

Electronic and written comments are due by June 13, 2017. More information on providing feedback is available via the Federal Register.