- Safety and Health Topics
Exposures to arsenic are addressed in specific standards for general industry, shipyard employment, and the construction industry. This section highlights OSHA standards, preambles to final rules (background to final rules), directives (instruction to OSHA staff), letters of interpretation (official letters of interpretation of the standards), and national consensus standards related to arsenic.
General Industry (29 CFR 1910)
- 1910 Subpart Z, Toxic and hazardous substances [related topic page]
Shipyard Employment (29 CFR 1915)
- 1915 Subpart Z, Toxic and hazardous substances
Construction Industry (29 CFR 1926)
- 1926 Subpart Z, Toxic and hazardous substances
Preambles to Final Rules
- Consultation for Wood Treatment Operations Utilizing Inorganic Compounds. CSP 02-01-001 [TED 3.7], (September 9, 1986). Outlines who has jurisdiction over occupational use of inorganic compounds (mainly arsenic) used as wood treatments/preservatives and what the occupational limits are.
- 29 CFR 1910.1018 Inspection and Compliance Procedures for the Permanent Occupation Exposure Standard for Inorganic Arsenic Compounds. CPL 02-02-022 [CPL 2-2.22], (October 10, 1978). Provides guidelines and establishes uniform inspection and compliance procedures for the occupational exposure standard for arsenic and arsenic-containing, inorganic compounds published in the Federal Register May 5, 1978, and effective August 1, 1978.
Letters of Interpretation
- Chemical manufacturer's responsibility with regard to inorganic arsenic under OSHA's Hazard Communication Standard. (July 17, 2008).
- OSHA-recognized chemicals as carcinogens, or potential carcinogens for Hazard Communication purposes . (October 16, 2003).
- Notification compliance for employees exposed above inorganic arsenic PEL. (August 4, 1999). Clarifies sections of the inorganic arsenic standard.
- Chest X-Ray and sputum cytology requirements. (August 19, 1996). Explains the medical surveillance requirements of the arsenic standard.
- Protective footwear requirements for inorganic arsenic and lead. (February 12, 1993).
- Gloves are required for employees handling chloropicrin; Arsenic containing pesticides and wood preservatives are not within the scope of the inorganic arsenic standard. (June 26, 1985). Outlines the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) and OSHA's jurisdictions over occupational exposures to pesticides and arsenic containing wood preservatives.
- General overview of safe handling of arsenic containing compounds. (June 3, 1985).
Note: These are NOT OSHA regulations. However, they do provide guidance from their originating organizations related to worker protection.
American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH)
- Threshold Limit Value (TLV) and Biological Exposure Index (BEI) Resources. The TLV is 0.01 mg/m3 for arsenic and inorganic compounds, as As.