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Posthearing Brief of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health on the Occupational Safety and Health Administration Proposed Rule on Occupational Exposure to 2-Methoxyethanol, 2-Ethoxyethanol and Their Acetates (Glycol Ethers) (December 1, 1993). 29 CFR Part 1910; Docket No. H-044.


PB94175080

Publication Date 1993
Page Count 6
Abstract The testimony presents a clarification of the position of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) regarding whether pulmonary function testing is appropriate as a screening tool for respirator use. NIOSH has reassessed its position for the OSHA proposed standard on glycol ethers and now supports the OSHA proposal that pulmonary function testing be required for all workers who wear respiratory protection. These tests do not need to include forced expiratory flow as OSHA has proposed as the forced expiratory flow measurements are too variable to be useful for screening. NIOSH has changed its position on pulmonary function testing because some workers with severe pulmonary impairment may not be detected by a medical history and physical exam. Requiring pulmonary function testing would provide more objective criteria to help the physician assess pulmonary function of the worker.
Keywords
  • Occupational safety and health
  • Respiratory function tests
  • Testimony
  • Respiratory protective devices
  • Lung diseases
  • Respiratory diseases
  • Diagnostic techniques
  • Ethanol
  • Glycols
  • Ethers
  • US OSHA
  • 2-Methoxyethanol
  • 2-Ethoxyethanol
Source Agency
  • National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
NTIS Subject Category
  • 57U - Public Health & Industrial Medicine
  • 68G - Environmental Health & Safety
Corporate Authors National Inst. for Occupational Safety and Health, Cincinnati, OH.
Supplemental Notes See also PB94-175072.
Document Type Technical Report
NTIS Issue Number 199417
Posthearing Brief of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health on the Occupational Safety and Health Administration Proposed Rule on Occupational Exposure to 2-Methoxyethanol, 2-Ethoxyethanol and Their Acetates (Glycol Ethers) (December 1, 1993). 29 CFR Part 1910; Docket No. H-044.
Posthearing Brief of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health on the Occupational Safety and Health Administration Proposed Rule on Occupational Exposure to 2-Methoxyethanol, 2-Ethoxyethanol and Their Acetates (Glycol Ethers) (December 1, 1993). 29 CFR Part 1910; Docket No. H-044.
PB94175080

  • Occupational safety and health
  • Respiratory function tests
  • Testimony
  • Respiratory protective devices
  • Lung diseases
  • Respiratory diseases
  • Diagnostic techniques
  • Ethanol
  • Glycols
  • Ethers
  • US OSHA
  • 2-Methoxyethanol
  • 2-Ethoxyethanol
  • National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
  • 57U - Public Health & Industrial Medicine
  • 68G - Environmental Health & Safety
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