Standard Interpretations - Table of Contents|
| Standard Number:||1910.1200|
|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.|
|MEMORANDUM FOR:||JOHN B. MILES, DIRECTOR|
[ Directorate of Enforcement Programs]
|ATTN:||DAVE SMITH, DIRECTOR|
[Office of Health Enforcement]
|FROM:||ALAN C. McMILLAN|
|SUBJECT:||Sirchie Fingerprint Laboratories' Request for OSHA's Position Regarding Health Effects of Fingerprint Powder Containing Carbon Black|
Information is the IARC Monograph, Volume 3, page 23, indicates that: "The reported inability to induce cancer in mice by feeding carbon black... or by applying it to the skin...was overcome by administering solvent extracts by injection or by skin painting."The monograph indicates that carbon black of the furnace - black type contains several polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH). IARC Volume 33, page 77, indicates that, "The available epidemiological studies on workers in the carbon-black industry are largely uninformative". Regarding an evaluation of experimental animal carcinogenicity, the data on carbon blacks are inadequate. Volume 33 does state, however, that there is sufficient evidence that solvent (benzene) extracts of most of the carbon blacks tested are carcinogenic to experimental animals. Exhibit G in the attachments, a study done by the Carbon Black Industry Committee for Environmental Health, presents evidence that the carbon black itself is not carcinogenic, and that the PAH's absorbed to carbon black are not biologically active.
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