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NIOSH (National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health) Comments on the Environmental Protection Agency's Request for Comment on Regulatory Approach of Biotechnology, May 15, 1989.


PB90162421

Publication Date 1989
Page Count 10
Abstract The testimony concerned the work of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) in the field of biotechnology that the Environmental Protection Agency may find useful in developing regulations for microorganisms under the Toxic Substances Control Act. The NIOSH activities mentioned included: perspectives on commercial recombinant DNA/biotechnology development, medical surveillance of biotechnology workers, the biotechnology industry, industrial hygiene characterization of commercial applications of genetic engineering and biotechnology, perspectives on opportunities toward a hazard free bioprocessing environment, gypsy-moth control project, occupational biohazards, control technology assessment of enzyme fermentation processes, quantification of airborne endotoxin levels in various occupational environments, and an exposure characterization of a large scale application of a biological insecticide, Bacillus-thuringiensis. The overview concerned the risks to workers during environmental release and indicated that the potential exposure of workers is related to such factors as the mechanisms used for delivery of the microorganisms, the composition of the final product, the size of the area to be treated, the ability of the microorganisms to survive and multiply in the environment, and the quantity of microorganisms released.
Keywords
  • Microorganisms
  • Government policies
  • Exposure
  • Toxicity
  • Regulations
  • Risk
  • Hazardous materials
  • Guidelines
  • Toxic substances
  • Occupational safety and health
  • Genetic engineering
  • Biotechnology
  • US EPA
  • Testimony
  • Toxic Substances Control Act
  • Biohazards
Source Agency
  • National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
NTIS Subject Category
  • 57U - Public Health & Industrial Medicine
  • 44G - Environmental & Occupational Factors
  • 68E - Pesticides Pollution & Control
  • 68G - Environmental Health & Safety
Corporate Authors National Inst. for Occupational Safety and Health, Cincinnati, OH.
Document Type Technical Report
NTIS Issue Number 199009
NIOSH (National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health) Comments on the Environmental Protection Agency's Request for Comment on Regulatory Approach of Biotechnology, May 15, 1989.
NIOSH (National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health) Comments on the Environmental Protection Agency's Request for Comment on Regulatory Approach of Biotechnology, May 15, 1989.
PB90162421

  • Microorganisms
  • Government policies
  • Exposure
  • Toxicity
  • Regulations
  • Risk
  • Hazardous materials
  • Guidelines
  • Toxic substances
  • Occupational safety and health
  • Genetic engineering
  • Biotechnology
  • US EPA
  • Testimony
  • Toxic Substances Control Act
  • Biohazards
  • National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
  • 57U - Public Health & Industrial Medicine
  • 44G - Environmental & Occupational Factors
  • 68E - Pesticides Pollution & Control
  • 68G - Environmental Health & Safety
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