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Coal Tar Pitch Volatiles
OSHA has not established a substance-specific standard for occupational exposure to coal tar pitch volatiles (CTPVs) however exposures are regulated under OSHA's Air Contaminants Standard for general industry, shipyard employment and the construction industry. Employees exposed to CTPVs in the coke oven industry are covered by the coke oven emissions standard. This section highlights OSHA standards and letters of interpretation (official letters of interpretation of the standards) related to CTPVs.
General Industry (29 CFR 1910)
- 1910.1000, Air contaminants
- Table Z-1, Limits for air contaminants. (See the entry for coal tar pitch volatiles.)
- 1910.1002, Coal tar pitch volatiles; interpretation of term
- 1910.1029, Coke oven emissions
Shipyard Employment (29 CFR 1915)
- 1915.1000, Air contaminants. (See the coal tar pitch volatiles entry in Table Z-Shipyards.)
- 1915.1002, Coal tar pitch volatiles; interpretation of term. Requirements are identical to 29 CFR 1910.1002.
Construction Industry (29 CFR 1926)
- 1926.55, Gases, vapors, fumes, dusts, and mists
- Appendix A, Gases, vapors, fumes, dusts, and mists. (See entry for coal tar pitch volatiles.)
- 1926.1102, Coal tar pitch volatiles; interpretation of term. Requirements are identical to 29 CFR 1910.1002.
Letters of Interpretation
- OSHA's coke oven emissions standard is not applicable to the construction industry. (June 22, 1999).
- Review of Variance Request Number 2276. (May 30, 1995). Discusses the adjustment of benzene soluble fractions for interferences.
- Natural or mined asphalts do not fall within the scope of the Coal Tar Pitch Volatiles Standard. (May 26, 1983).
- Petroleum asphalt removed from coverage under the Coal Tar Pitch Volatiles Standard. (April 8, 1983).
- Applicability of the Coal Tar Pitch Volatiles Standard to dust of coal tar pitch. (May 17, 1982).