The Promise of Occupational Exposure Bands [333]
Date: Thursday, March 10, 2016
Time: 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

   Lauralynn McKernan, Deputy Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health

Track: Industrial Hygiene
Secondary Track: Chemical
Session Type: Educational Session
Skill Level: Advanced
Target Audience: Ohio Safety Congress & Expo


Manufacturers are introducing chemicals into commerce at a rate that significantly outpaces the development of authoritative occupational exposure limits. Occupational exposure banding uses available toxicological data to create a range of concentrations or an occupational exposure band (OEB) to support decisions about exposure control strategies. The objective of this session is to examine the proposed National Institute for Occupational safety and Health (NIOSH) approach to derive an occupational exposure band and application of the OEB in emergency response scenarios.

Learning Objectives:
  1. Identify key online resources for finding Globally Harmonized System hazard codes/categories and reliable authoritative sources for toxicological information;
  2. Describe primary toxicological terms used in OEB process and the eight health endpoints used to make decisions; and
  3. Develop a range of OEB derivation methods and their relationship to each other in terms of data requirements and level of uncertainty.
CEU Type: IACET, HRCI, Sanitarian, BWC Discount Programs
CEU Hours:  
  IACET: 0.1
  HRCI: 1
  Sanitarian: 1
  BWC Discount Programs: 1

File & Handouts:
333 Handout

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