Environmental & Regulatory Compliance Features for May 2009

Environmental & Regulatory Compliance Features Archive

Court of Appeals Upholds OSHA’s Hexavalent Chromium PEL Court of Appeals Upholds OSHA’s Hexavalent Chromium PEL

Surface finishers nationwide were recently provided an opportunity to exhale a great sigh of relief—at least, for shop owners and managers to be certain. On Feb. 23, the U.S. Third Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the revised hexavalent chromium permissible exposure limit established by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) in 2006. The suit was brought forth by, among others, interest group Public Citizen, which sought an even lower PEL for operations subject to hexavalent chromium exposure. The plaintiffs in this case contended that the OSHA PEL established in 2006 did not go far enough in limiting workers’ exposure to hexavalent chromium, a known carcinogen.