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NIOSH (National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health) Testimony on NIOSH/OSHA Responsibilities by J. F. Finklea on April 27, 1977.


PB90181231

Publication Date 1977
Page Count 16
Abstract The testimony concerned the report of the General Accounting Office (GAO) on how the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) have met their responsibilities for setting new health standards for workers in the United States. GAO concluded that faster standards development was needed to protect workers exposed to toxic substances. Four major areas of concern from the GAO report included: criteria document publication, priority setting, carcinogen policy, and general research. Criteria Documents contained recommended environmental limits for workers exposed to a particular substance, group of substances, or physical agents; they also contained the rationale for that limit and other relevant information. The setting of priorities for research was constantly being revised, based on new information as it is received. NIOSH supported the recommendation from GAO that a uniform policy be established for identifying and regulating cancer causing chemicals. Scientific opinion on the kind of evidence used in classifying a substance as a human carcinogen has been changing over the years and NIOSH policy has reflected these changes. A statement of progress in analyzing the adequacy of the material safety data sheets as collected by the General Services Administration was included.
Keywords
  • Industrial medicine
  • Standards
  • Public administration
  • Exposure
  • Toxicity
  • Hazardous materials
  • Carcinogens
  • Toxic substances
  • Occupational safety and health
  • Testimony
Source Agency
  • National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
NTIS Subject Category
  • 57U - Public Health & Industrial Medicine
  • 57Y - Toxicology
  • 70F - Public Administration & Government
  • 68G - Environmental Health & Safety
Corporate Authors National Inst. for Occupational Safety and Health, Cincinnati, OH.
Document Type Technical Report
NTIS Issue Number 199011
NIOSH (National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health) Testimony on NIOSH/OSHA Responsibilities by J. F. Finklea on April 27, 1977.
NIOSH (National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health) Testimony on NIOSH/OSHA Responsibilities by J. F. Finklea on April 27, 1977.
PB90181231

  • Industrial medicine
  • Standards
  • Public administration
  • Exposure
  • Toxicity
  • Hazardous materials
  • Carcinogens
  • Toxic substances
  • Occupational safety and health
  • Testimony
  • National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
  • 57U - Public Health & Industrial Medicine
  • 57Y - Toxicology
  • 70F - Public Administration & Government
  • 68G - Environmental Health & Safety
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