Council Comments on OSHA’s Proposed Sulfur Dioxide Standard

by Robert W. Crandall on April 1, 1977
by Robert W. Crandall

Standards proposed by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to reduce worker exposure to sulfur dioxide should be designed to achieve that objective in a more cost-effective and efficient manner, the Council on Wage and Price Stability said yesterday. In a filing before OSHA, the Council expressed concern that the proposed standard could cost industry, and ultimately consumers, more than $160 million per year, and that OSHA has not shown that less costly alternatives would be any less effective in protecting worker health.

The OSHA proposal would require certain industrial facilities, including smelters, blast furnaces and steel mills, electric utilities, wineries and dehydrated food plants, to install engineering controls to reduce the maximum eight-hour time-weighted average exposure to two parts sulfur dioxide per million parts air. The present maximum is five parts per million. In addition, a ceiling limit of 10 parts per million for any 15 minute period is proposed.

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