OSHA requirements are set by statute, standards and regulations. Our interpretation letters explain these requirements and how they apply to particular circumstances, but they cannot create additional employer obligations. This letter constitutes OSHA's interpretation of the requirements discussed. Note that our enforcement guidance may be affected by changes to OSHA rules. Also, from time to time we update our guidance in response to new information. To keep apprised of such developments, you can consult OSHA's website at http://www.osha.gov.

October 30, 1987

Mr. Kenneth R. Eatherly
WordNet Research and Editing Service
832 Balfour Road
Grosse Pointe Park, Michigan 48230

Dear Mr. Eatherly:

Your letter dated October 9, addressed to Secretary of Labor William E. Brook, regarding airborne pollutants, remedies for the presence of such pollutants, penalties for noncompliance and the legal rights of those affected has been forwarded to me for response.

Enclosed for your information and use is a copy of Subpart Z of Part 1910 - Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) General Industry Standards. This Subpart, "Toxic and Hazardous Substances" addresses OSHA's requirements for exposure monitoring and control measures necessary to protect workers from overexposure to such substances. OSHA standards provide the minimum requirements for the safety and health of workers.

Also enclosed is the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (OSH Act), and two OSHA publications entitled OSHA Inspections and All About OSHA which discuss, in part, penalties for non-compliance, and legal rights of those affected.

I hope these materials will be useful to you. If you need further assistance, please contact us again.


Edward J. Baier
Directorate of Technical Support