ACMA’s GAC Keeps an Eye on OSHA
ACMA’s Government Affairs Committee (GAC) is tracking a number of OSHA rulemakings and related programs that may impact manufacturing operations.
The current styrene PEL is 100ppm, but the styrene industry supports compliance with a voluntary 8-hour-average exposure limit of 50ppm to prevent mild reversible effects such as drowsiness and delayed response time. California OSHA, which currently enforces the 50ppm level, is expected to review recent styrene data and consider revising the state PEL next year. Styrene and composite-resin suppliers in Europe, under the REACH chemical risk management program, have recommended an 8-hour workplace exposure limit for styrene of 20ppm.