Chemical Restrictions and Worker Protections under TSCA

A recent U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulation and a proposed rule under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) have alarmed industry for overlapping with Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards for worker protection. TSCA sections 5 and 6 orders and rules aimed to protect potentially exposed or susceptible subpopulations from unreasonable risks from certain chemicals’ conditions of use have, or will have, requirements for personal protective equipment (PPE), permissible exposure limits (PELs), and hazard communication. These requirements build on and often go beyond OSHA standards. 

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©2022. This article was originally published in American Bar Association, Online, titled, "August Updates from the PCRRTK Committee" on October 3, 2022, Reproduced with permission. All rights reserved.