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Wisconsin OSHA regulations could help limit chemical work injury

State and federal regulations regarding human chemical exposure are put in place for the protection of employees and the general public. When a work injury occurs due to an unsafe exposure to toxic vapors, an employee may wish to seek professional help in collecting rightful workers' compensation. A possible change in Wisconsin OSHA regulations could help limit chemical work injury by giving them more freedom to make citations.

Wisconsin legislature may give OSHA the ability to tighten employer regulations on chemical exposure and hold employers at greater accountability. A recent publication revealed a situation where Wisconsin OSHA assigned a violation to a local fiberglass company for a work injury involving a purported employee exposure to styrene that fell below the regulated level of toxicity. The worker's exposure to the vaporous styrene chemical was allegedly below the 100 parts per million safety measure, though a citation was still written.

This was possible through the enactment of the general duty clause, demanding greater safety and the measurement of the exposure at 1.3 times higher than what the national regulation is. Reports indicate that the Wisconsin OSHA's demand for company responsibility regarding health and safety of the employees in this situation upset the fiberglass company. In response to their disagreement, the company has appealed the violation in addition to three other citations.

Styrene exposure levels are regulated along with other chemical levels for the protection and safety of the workers. The worker who was injured when exposed to the chemical may feel confused or angry and choose to seek justice. The Wisconsin OSHA regulations could help limit chemical work injury and potentially save others from harm.

Source:, Lawyers Say General Duty Enforcement Tactic Could Have Broad Impact; OSHA Disagrees, No author, Dec. 12, 2013

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