Report Released on Control Banding

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.

More info - Source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health