NIOSH Sets Meeting on Carcinogens Classification

The Dec. 12 meeting in Washington, D.C., seeks stakeholders' comments on questions such as whether there should continue to be a carcinogen policy or, instead, a broader policy on toxicant identification and classification.

NIOSH has announced it will hold a public meeting Dec. 12 in Washington, D.C., to hear from stakeholders as it continues to review its Carcinogen Policy and recommended exposure limits related to carcinogens. The review, which began in 2010, is examining whether using the term Potential Occupational Carcinogen is too limiting and conveys too much uncertainty.

The meeting announcement said the public's input is sought on five questions:

  • Should there explicitly be a carcinogen policy as opposed to a broader policy on toxicant identification and classification (e.g., carcinogens, reproductive hazards, neurotoxic agents)?
  • What evidence should form the basis for determining that substances are carcinogens? How should these criteria correspond to nomenclature and categorizations (e.g., known, reasonably anticipated, etc.)?
  • Should 1 in 1,000 working lifetime risk (for persons occupationally exposed) be the target level for a recommended exposure limit for carcinogens, or should lower targets be considered?
  • In establishing NIOSH RELs, how should the phrase "to the extent feasible" (defined in the 1995 NIOSH Recommended Exposure Limit Policy) be interpreted and applied?
  • In the absence of data, what uncertainties or assumptions are appropriate for use in the development of RELs? What is the utility of a standard "action level" (i.e., an exposure limit set below the REL typically used to trigger risk management actions) and how should it be set? How should NIOSH address worker exposure to complex mixtures?

Comments also are being accepted until Dec. 30.

The agency notes that other organizations, including the International Agency for Research on Cancer and the National Toxicology Program, use a broader classification. "The revision of the NIOSH Carcinogen Policy also coincides with the international realization that there is a need for more efficient and quicker means of classifying chemicals," it says.

NIOSH expects to develop a report on the revised NIOSH Carcinogen and REL Policies that will be available in 2012.

For more information about NIOSH's plans, visit http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/enews/enewsV8N12.html.

Download Center

HTML - No Current Item Deck
  • Free Safety Management Software Demo

    IndustrySafe Safety Management Software helps organizations to improve safety by providing a comprehensive toolset of software modules to help businesses identify trouble spots; reduce claims, lost days, OSHA fines; and more.

  • Complete Online Safety Training Courses

    Deliver state-of-the art, online safety training courses to your organization with IndustrySafe Training Management Software. Generate reports to track training compliance and automatically notify learners of upcoming or overdue classes.

  • Easy to Use Safety Inspection App

    Conduct inspections on the go with IndustrySafe’s mobile app. Complete safety audits at job sites and remote locations—with or without web access.

  • Track Key Safety Performance Indicators

    IndustrySafe’s Dashboard Module allows organizations to easily track safety KPIs and metrics. Gain increased visibility into your business’ operations and safety data.

  • Analyze Incident Data and Maintain OSHA Compliance

    Collect relevant incident data, analyze trends, and generate accurate regulatory reports, including OSHA 300, 300A, and 301 logs, through IndustrySafe’s extensive incident reporting and investigation module.

  • Industry Safe
comments powered by Disqus