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Hazardous Chemical Handling Policies: Can OSHA Catch Up?

Steve Wagner

Protecting workers from hazardous chemicals has been on OSHA’s radar since their inception over 40 years ago, however, keeping up with the field of chemicals and hazardous materials is proving difficult, it not impossible at the current growth rate.

OSHA has policies in place for around 500 chemicals and hazardous materials, but with the expansion of plants, factories, and industrialized processes in our country over the last four decades, there are tens of thousands of chemicals for which OSHA does not have policies in place.

The struggle to keep up with new developments and materials means that more and more workers are going unprotected. OSHA says it could take months just to analyze and write a policy for each chemical, so if they were to detail policies for each chemical in use, it could take centuries before they are finished with what is available today. They are opening the floor for dialogue regarding new federal regulations and what to do to protect workers from chemical hazards, while speeding up a timeline for those protective policies.

Have you been injured on the job by a chemical or other hazardous material? Were you given thorough instruction on the handling of these chemicals and training to ensure you were protected during the process of your day-to-day responsibilities?

Wagner Reese can assist you in the analysis of your injury, and we can help you determine if you are owed damages for the injury you sustained. Give us a call at (888) 204-8440 for more information or to schedule a free consultation with one of our workers’ compensation attorneys.


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