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Carcinogens

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Overview

Carcinogens are agents that can cause cancer. In industry, there are many potential exposures to carcinogens. Generally, workplace exposures are considered to be at higher levels than for public exposures. Safety data sheets (SDSs) should always contain an indication of carcinogenic potential.

OSHA Standards

Carcinogens are addressed in specific OSHA standards for General Industry, Shipyard Employment, and Construction.

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Hazard Recognition

Provides references that aid in recognizing these hazards and the health effects associated with carcinogens in the workplace.

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Evaluating Exposure

Provides information that may aid in evaluating occupational exposures and the health effects of carcinogens.

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Possible Solutions

Provides possible solutions for carcinogen hazards in the workplace.

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Additional Resources

Provides links and references to additional resources related to carcinogens.

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Workers' Rights

Workers have the right to:

  • Working conditions that do not pose a risk of serious harm.
  • Receive information and training (in a language and vocabulary the worker understands) about workplace hazards, methods to prevent them, and the OSHA standards that apply to their workplace.
  • Review records of work-related injuries and illnesses.
  • File a complaint asking OSHA to inspect their workplace if they believe there is a serious hazard or that their employer is not following OSHA’s rules. OSHA will keep all identities confidential.
  • Exercise their rights under the law without retaliation, including reporting an injury or raising health and safety concerns with their employer or OSHA. If a worker has been retaliated against for using their rights, they must file a complaint with OSHA as soon as possible, but no later than 30 days.

For additional information, see OSHA's Workers page.

How to Contact OSHA

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA’s role is to ensure these conditions for America’s working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education and assistance. For more information, visit www.osha.gov or call OSHA at 1-800-321-OSHA (6742), TTY 1-877-889-5627.

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