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EPA Downplays Risks Solvent Poses to Workers, Cal/OSHA Says

Oct. 17, 2019, 4:28 PM

Industrial and other workers inhale more of a hazardous solvent than the EPA has estimated, according to California’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health.

The Environmental Protection Agency assumes ideal workplace conditions throughout its draft risk evaluation of 1-bromopropane, underestimating workers’ actual exposure to the solvent, Eric Berg, deputy chief of Cal/OSHA for research and standards, told Bloomberg Environment on Oct. 16.

That means the EPA’s draft risk evaluation would also underestimate 1-bromopropane’s potential to harm the thousands of people that the may be exposed to the solvent at work.

The solvent primarily is used in dipping...

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