OSHA Releases Online Tool to Help Protect Workers Exposed to Cadmium

Published December 19, 2012

OSHA released an interactive online tool called the “Cadmium Biological Monitoring Advisor” to help protect workers exposed to cadmium. According to the agency, the new tool will assist employers in complying with its cadmium standard. The tool uses data from biological monitoring lab tests for workers currently exposed to cadmium to determine the biological monitoring and medical surveillance requirements that must be met under OSHA’s general industry cadmium standard. OSHA intends the tool to be used primarily by medical professionals who assess workers’ cadmium exposures in a general industry setting.

The agency notes that there is a separate cadmium standard for the construction industry. While the new tool may be of assistance in making determinations for construction workers, it does not refer to the applicable provisions of OSHA’s construction industry standard.

The Cadmium Biological Monitoring Advisor was developed by OSHA, the Office of the Solicitor of Labor, and the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Labor for Policy. It is one of a series of Employment Laws Assistance for Workers and Small Businesses (elaws) developed to help employers and employees understand the federal monitoring and surveillance requirements of OSHA’s cadmium standard for general industry.

View the new tool on the Department of Labor’s website. For more information, read OSHA’s press release.