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ACGIH® Board Ratifies 2003 TLVs® and BEIs®

 

ACGIH® BOARD RATIFIES 2003 TLVs® AND BEIs®

Cincinnati, Ohio — January 27, 2003 — ACGIH® announced today that its Board of Directors ratified the 2003 Threshold Limit Values (TLVs®) for Chemical Substances and Physical Agents and Biological Exposure Indices (BEIs®). The Board also approved recommendations for additions to the Notice of Intended Changes (NIC).

A listing of the substances that were acted upon is attached. The Annual Reports of the ratifications of the ACGIH® Board will be published in the winter issue of the ACGIH® newsletter Today!, and can be found online at http://www.acgih.org/store/ProductDetail.cfm?id=1594. ACGIH® members can download the electronic version of the Annual Reports at no cost. Nonmembers may also acquire the report through the ACGIH® website for $19.95.

Draft Documentation for the substances on the Notice of Intended Change (NIC) are currently available for purchase at www.acgih.org/store. Documentation for the adopted substances and agents will be available March 1, 2003. All Documentation are in .PDF format and priced at $50 each. ACGIH® members are entitled to five free Documentation downloads per year.

The 2003 TLVs® & BEIs® book and the 2003 Guide to Occupational Exposure Values will be available soon. Those interested in ordering the 2003 TLVs® & BEIs®, and the 2003 Guide to Occupational Exposure Values can do so online at www.acgih.org/store, by phone at 513-742-2020, or by fax at 513-742-3355. Please visit the ACGIH® website at www.acgih.org for updates on availability.

TLVs® and BEIs® are guidelines to be used by professionals trained in the practice of industrial hygiene. The TLVs® and BEIs® are not designed to be used as standards. The TLVs® and BEIs® are health-based values established by committees that review existing published and peer-reviewed literature in various scientific disciplines. Based on the available information, ACGIH® formulates a conclusion on what level of exposure the typical worker can experience without an unreasonable risk of disease or injury. There is no consideration given to economic or technical feasibility.

The Notice of Intended Changes (NIC) is comprised of those substances and physical agents for which a limit is proposed for the first time, or for which a change in the Adopted value is proposed. Those proposed values should be considered trial values for the year following ratification. If during the year, no evidence comes to light that questions the appropriateness of these proposals, the values will be reconsidered for adoption as TLVs®. Comments or suggestions should be accompanied by substantiating evidence in the form of peer-reviewed literature, and forwarded, preferably in electronic format, to The Science Group, ACGIH® (scienceacgih.org).

ACGIH® recommends that all TLV® and BEI® users read the Statement of Position Regarding the TLVs® and BEIs® which outlines the proper usage of TLVs® and BEIs®. The Statement of Position can be found on the new TLV®/BEI® Resources section of the ACGIH® website (www.acgih.org/TLV/). In addition to the Statement of Position, visitors to this site will find other useful information on TLVs® and BEIs®, including the following:

ACGIH® Worldwide is a member-based organization that advances worker health and safety through education and the development and dissemination of scientific and technical knowledge. ACGIH® is one of the industry's leading publications resources, with approximately 400 titles relative to occupational and environmental health and safety, including the renowned TLVs® and BEIs®. For more information, visit the ACGIH® website at www.acgih.org or call our Customer Service Representatives at 513-742-2020.

Amy Bloomhuff, Esq.
Director of Operations
513-742-6163, extension 116

abloomhuff@acgih.org