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OSHA LAUNCHES METHYLENE CHLORIDE LOCAL EMPHASIS PROGRAM
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) today announced a local emphasis program aimed at determining compliance with the standard on methylene chloride in Western Missouri. Methylene chloride is used in industrial processes in a wide range of industries.
The program will begin immediately. OSHA's office in Kansas City has identified more than 600 work places in its jurisdiction where the chemical may be in use and has initiated this targeted program to evaluate employee exposures, according to Manuel Olmedo, OSHA's Kansas City area office director.
Exposure to methylene chloride can cause irritation to eyes, skin, and respiratory tract, mental confusion, lightheadedness, nausea, vomiting, and headaches. Continued exposure may cause staggering, unconsciousness and death. Studies on laboratory animals indicate long-term exposure to methylene chloride may cause cancer.
Employers may review methylene chloride practices and compliance measures based upon information contained in the following OSHA publications:
These documents are available on the Internet at http://www.osha.gov or by calling the Kansas City Area Office at 1-800-892-2674 or 816-483-9531.
Small businesses may obtain assistance from the Missouri On-Site Safety and Health Consultation Program by contacting the State of Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations, Division of Labor Standards, P.O. Box 449, Jefferson City, MO 65102-0449, at 1-800-475-2130, or visit the Web site at www.dolir.state.mo.us/ls/onsite/index.html.
Questions regarding this initiative should be directed to the Kansas City Area Office of OSHA, 6200 Connecticut Ave., Suite 100, Kansas City, Mo. 64120, phone 816-483-9531 or 1-800-892-2674.
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