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| Standard Number:||1910.1096; 1926.53|
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Nothing in this Act shall apply to working conditions of employees with respect to which other Federal agencies, and State agencies acting under section 274 of the Atomic Energy Act of 1954, as amended (42 U.S.C. 2021), exercise statutory authority to prescribe or enforce standards or regulations affecting occupational safety or health.OSHA Standard 29 CFR 1926.53 applies to ionizing radiation hazards in the construction industry. That standard incorporates by reference provisions that are comparable to those contained in 29 CFR 1910.1096.
1. Do the regulations detailed in section (c)(1) and (2) pertain to research laboratories, mining operations, nuclear facilities and other facilities with restricted access or is it, in accordance to section 1910.5(c)(2), applicable to "any industry"?The Environmental Protection Agency has recommended that every home and classroom in the nation test for radon. Congress mandated that every federal office building be tested for radon. Certainly the regulations cited here should warrant employers to include radon testing of the workplace to determine worker exposure and post warnings and notices where applicable I look forward to a prompt response to my query. Please forward your response to: AARST, 6900 East Camelback Road, Suite 430, Scottsdale, Arizona 85251. Should you have any questions pertaining to this correspondence please contact me at 1(800)729-7660.
2. Many employers are currently hiring private environmental assessment firms to perform compliance audits to assist the employer in determining whether a safe working environment exists for their employees. In section 1910.1096(e)(4)(b) an employer is required to post a sign or signs if radon levels are in excess of 7.5 pCi/l. Does section 1910.1096(e)(4)(b) pertain to "any industry" as described in the description of 1910.5(c)(2)? If not, what industries does this section pertain to?
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