By James L. Curtis and Craig B. Simonsen

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration released its 2014 Budget Justification this week, indicating implementation of its new “weighted inspection system” to target the most serious hazards such as those found in refineries, trenching, shipbreaking, falls, chemical plants and industries that use crystalline silica, lead, and hexavalent chromium.

The Agency plans
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By James L. Curtis, Meagan Newman, and Craig B. Simonsen

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health has just issued a new recommended exposure limit (REL) for occupational exposure to hexavalent chromium compounds. The NIOSH Criteria for a Recommended Standard: Occupational Exposure to Hexavalent Chromium, Publication Number 2013-128 (January 2013), sets a significantly lower recommended exposure limit,
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