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The NIOSH Decision Logic for OEBs
Applying Occupational Exposure Bands
NIOSH Occupational Exposure Banding Team The following individuals helped develop the NIOSH decision logic for OEBs: • Stephen Gilbert, MS • George Holdsworth, PhD • T.J. Lentz, PhD • Andy Maier, PhD, CIH, DABT • Lauralynn Taylor McKernan, ScD, CIH • Melissa Seaton, MS • Christine Whittaker, PhD • Charles Barton, PhD • Christine Uebel, BS
BY LAURALYNN TAYLOR MCKERNAN, MELISSA SEATON, AND STEPHEN GILBERT
Occupational hygienists often face the challenge of protecting worker health from chemicals that don’t have occupational exposure limits (OELs). Despite the absence of OELs, risk management decisions need to be made and applied. To address the critical need for risk-based exposure guidance for the many thousands of unregulated chemicals in commerce, NIOSH has developed a draft occupational exposure banding methodology that can be used across various industries. No tool solves every situation, but occupational exposure banding can help in certain situations where some data exists on a chemical, yet no OEL is assigned. Occupational exposure banding facilitates a rapid evaluation of health risk and quickly identifies chemicals to be evaluated for elimination or substitution.
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