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Settlement on General Duty Clause Violation
Could Embolden OSHA, Industry Lawyers Say

Aug. 7, 2014, 4:00 AM

A recent settlement could embolden the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to use the general duty clause to effectively lower chemical exposure limits without going through the rulemaking process, attorneys who consult with businesses on OSHA compliance told Bloomberg BNA.

Wisconsin fiberglass maker Fiberdome Inc. agreed to pay $2,000 for exposing workers to styrene levels that were below OSHA’s legally enforceable permissible exposure limit of 100 parts per million but above the exposure limit of 50 parts per million recommended by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, OSHA announced July 31.

OSHA cited Fiberdome under the general duty...

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