Airborne Contaminants WAC 296-841. Nicole Irby, MS, CIH (360) 902-5449 [email protected] Scope of the Standard:. Actual or potential employee exposure to airborne hazards. Definition of “Exposure”.
Actual or potential employee exposure to airborne hazards
The contact an employee has with a toxic substance, harmful physical agent or oxygen deficient condition, whether or not protection is provided by respirators or other personal protective equipment (PPE). Exposure can occur through various routes of entry, such as inhalation, ingestion, skin contact, or skin absorption.
Additive Health Effects:
When 2 or more chemicals have similar health effects, airborne exposures to these chemicals are considered to be additive.
In the meantime, make sure employees are protected from potential hazardous exposures
Assume that the exposure is “IDLH”
What if exposure can’t be determined?
Use feasible exposure controls to reduce employee exposure to one of the following:
transport over minimal distances
Make sure your exposure controls don’t create a hazard in and of themselves!
Contact your local L&I office and ask for the consultation supervisor for help with this and other DOSH requirements.
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