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OSHA Took Final Decision to Protect Workers From Hexavalent Chromium Exposure

OSHA Took Final Decision to Protect Workers From Hexavalent Chromium Exposure
OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration), the main federal agency of US department of labor has now confirmed to effect the rule that will require the employers to notify their workers of all hexavalent chromium exposures. The rule will be effective from June 15, 2010.

Workers who are to expose to toxic chemicals are at maximum risks to suffer from lung cancer, damage to throat, nose and respiratory tract.

Now the new rule suggests the employers that when there is chance to exceed the permissible exposure limit, then the employers will need to follow the OSHA's Hexavalent Chromium standard and they must have to notify it to the workers.

Hexavalent chromium occurs while working with pigments, operating chrome plating baths, spray paints and coatings containing chromates, and welding or cutting metals containing chromium, like stainless steel. Worker involving in such works for a long time can suffer from lung cancer, irritation or damage to the eyes and skin.

Before coming to the final decision, OSHA asked the public for comments on the changes and they did not get any adverse comment and so took the decision to make it the final one.

OSHA has examined thoroughly the occupational safety and the health matters of the workers and where they have found some thing to point out, they are doing for the sake of the employee's safety. They have been offering OSHA safety training so that the workers become more active, aware and knowledge on their job and also safety and health mater. The safety training programs and courses sometimes are offered for free by OSHA and other agencies. Workers now can experience these courses from home with the help of online safety training courses. These courses can suggest all about the OSHA rules and regulations, protective measures that the workers need to take while necessary.