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Current Trends in Occupational and Environmental Health

Much of the focus of environmental, health and safety issues in the 1990’s centered on lead. No single hazard occupied the regulatory, public and media spotlight more than lead, and its impact was felt across the entire construction community. As lead fades from the spotlight, other potential hazards begin to emerge. 

Product Number: 41206-217-SG
Author: Daniel P. Adley, Alison B. Kaelin, Stanford T. Liang, Chris Lovelace
Publication Date: 2006
Industry: Coatings
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Much of the focus of environmental, health and safety issues in the 1990’s centered on lead. No single hazard occupied the regulatory, public and media spotlight more than lead, and its impact was felt across the entire construction community. As lead fades from the spotlight, other potential hazards begin to emerge. OSHA is considering a comprehensive health standard on hexavalent chromium, the American National Standards Institute is drafting a standard on Hearing Loss Prevention in Construction, EPA and state environmental agencies are focusing attention on asbestos on bridges. These and selected other emerging issues are briefly discussed to identify health and safety issues on the horizon that may impact painting contractors and facility owners. Much of the information is taken directly from the respective agency’s published regulatory agenda, supplemented by anecdotal information gathered from various professional journals, seminars and conferences. All issues are presented in the order of reported implementation date, with OSHA related activities discussed first, followed by EPA activities.

Much of the focus of environmental, health and safety issues in the 1990’s centered on lead. No single hazard occupied the regulatory, public and media spotlight more than lead, and its impact was felt across the entire construction community. As lead fades from the spotlight, other potential hazards begin to emerge. OSHA is considering a comprehensive health standard on hexavalent chromium, the American National Standards Institute is drafting a standard on Hearing Loss Prevention in Construction, EPA and state environmental agencies are focusing attention on asbestos on bridges. These and selected other emerging issues are briefly discussed to identify health and safety issues on the horizon that may impact painting contractors and facility owners. Much of the information is taken directly from the respective agency’s published regulatory agenda, supplemented by anecdotal information gathered from various professional journals, seminars and conferences. All issues are presented in the order of reported implementation date, with OSHA related activities discussed first, followed by EPA activities.

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