Press Release

ACGIH® Releases Statement of Position Regarding the TLVs® and BEIs®



Cincinnati, Ohio — March 1, 2002 — ACGIH®'s Board of Directors announced today that it has completed the organization's Statement of Position Regarding the Threshold Limit Values (TLVs®) and Biological Exposure Indices (BEIs®).

The Statement of Position, which was adopted by the Board on March 1, 2002, is being published to assist ACGIH® members, government regulators, and industry groups in understanding the basis and limitations of the TLVs® and BEIs® when used in a regulatory context. The guidelines, which are developed to assist in the recognition and control of potential workplace health hazards, do not consider economic or technical feasibility, and should not be adopted by government or industry as a matter of course. Rather, they are designed to aid occupational health professionals in evaluating specific workplace situations and conditions. While ACGIH® does not believe that TLVs® and BEIs® should be adopted as standards without an analysis of other factors necessary to make appropriate risk management decisions, it does believe that regulatory bodies should consider TLVs® and BEIs® as valuable input into the risk characterization process.

"The TLVs® and BEIs® are strictly health-based values," stated A. Anthony Rizzuto, Executive Director of ACGIH®. Rizzuto went on to add, "Our interest has always been the health and safety of workers, as is evidenced in our organization's Mission Statement."

Note to Reporters: Please refer to the attached press release titled "ACGIH® BOARD RATIFIES 2002 TLVs® AND BEIs®" for a listing of the most current substances that have been acted upon.

ACGIH® 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 or call our Customer Service Representatives at 513-742-2020.

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