Control banding is a strategy to assess and control occupational exposures to
chemicals for which no occupational exposure limits exist. A new report,
published by the US-American National Institute for Occupational Safety and
Health (NIOSH), reviews the published literature on "control banding,"
describes potential control-banding strategies, and suggests areas where
additional research is needed.
The report concludes:
- Control banding is a potentially valuable tool for risk management of source
chemical agents and other occupational hazards.
- Despite limitations, in the absence of OELs, it may be a useful strategy for
assessing and controling risks
- It is not meant to be a substitute for OELs.
- The use of control banding does not alleviate the need for environmental
monitoring and industrial hygiene expertise.
- Control banding strategies may be useful for providing hazard control
guidance to small and medium size enterprises (SMEs); larger businesses may
find CB strategies of greatest utility for prioritizing hazards and for hazard
- Additional development, evaluation, and discussion are required before
widespread implementation in the United States can be recommended.
AplusA-online.de - Source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health