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2124. PERMISSIBLE EXPOSURE LIMITS (PELS) FOR AIR CONTAMINANTS

Priority: Economically Significant. Major under 5 USC 801.

Unfunded Mandates: This action may affect the private sector under PL 104-4.

Legal Authority: 29 USC 655 (b); 29 USC 657

CFR Citation: 29 CFR 1910.1000; 29 CFR 1915.1000; 29 CFR 1917.1(a)(2)(ii); 29 CFR 1918.1(b)(a); 29 CFR 1926.55

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: OSHA enforces hundreds of permissible exposure limits (PELs) for toxic air contaminants found in U.S. workplaces. OSHA adopted most of the air contaminant limits in 1971 from recommendations issued under Federal rules, the American National Standards Institute, and other consensus organizations. These PELs thus reflect the results of research conducted before that time. Since then, much new information has become available. OSHA has not yet determined the best way to proceed with the permissible exposure limit update process. The Agency wishes both to expand the circle of stakeholders engaged in the update process and to obtain their input earlier in the process. Accordingly and in light of resource constraints, OSHA is withdrawing this entry from the regulatory agenda at this time.

Timetable:

Action Date FR Cite

Withdrawn 09/24/01  

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined

Government Levels Affected: Undetermined

Agency Contact: Marthe B. Kent, Acting Director, Directorate of Health Standards Programs, Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Room N3718, 200 Constitution Avenue NW, FP Building, Washington, DC 20210
Phone: 202 693-1950
Fax: 202 693-1678

RIN: 1218-AB54


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