Pittsburgh AIHA President-Elect, Barry Momyer (AM Health and Safety, Inc.) did the introductions and local section announcements for the group of 23 attendees (both in person and remote).
Thank you to Carol Delfino, CIH, CSP (Pgh. AIHA Secretary/Delfino Health & Safety) who provided the presentation summary below.
Reviewing New Chemicals Under the Toxic Substances Control Act:
The EPA reviews new chemicals under TSCA to ensure their safety and to protect human health and the environment. TSCA was updated in 2016 to provide the EPA with more comprehensive authority to evaluate and regulate chemicals. Their process for evaluating is summarized below (click the read more link):
The SACC, Science Advisory Committee on Chemicals established under TSCA provides scientific advice, information, and recommendations to the EPA on issues related to chemical risk.
In summary, the ECELs and the PELs differ greatly.
PELs focus on legally enforceable limits on workplace exposure to hazardous chemicals to protect workers.
EPA ECEL’s are non-binding guidelines used for assessing and managing environmental risks associated with chemical releases to protect the broader environment and public health. Two different standards administered by two different agencies.
The EPS’s new involvement may change how we do things. How this is enforced is yet to be seen.
Thanks to the following Pgh. AIHA members/guests who participated in the event:
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