249632 Enhancing EPA/OSHA Cooperation to Protect Workers

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Darius D. Sivin, PhD , Health and Safety, International Union UAW, Washington, DC
Under currently existing the Toxic Substances Control Act, the Environmental Protection Agency has the Authority to set occupational exposure limits for new chemicals and for significant new uses of existing chemicals. However, EPA does not enforce these limits or even determine whether or not employers comply with them. Legislation introduced in the 111th Congress proposed to expand EPA's authority over existing and new Chemicals. This presentation will consider various proposals to enhance EPA's authority to establish workplace exposure limits while providing OSHA with the authority to enforce them.

Learning Areas:
Occupational health and safety
Public health or related organizational policy, standards, or other guidelines

Learning Objectives:
Discuss EPA's authority to protect workers using exposure limits for new and existing chemicals, as well as proposals for expanding OSHA's authority to enforce workplace protections under TSCA

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I represented the UAW to Congress on the issues presented here.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.