Simplifying Global Occupational Exposure Limit Management

Industrial Hygienists are charged with the art and science of anticipating, recognizing, evaluating, preventing, and controlling environmental factors or stresses arising in or from the workplace which may cause sickness, impaired health, and well-being, or significant discomfort among workers or among citizens of the community.

Having access to critical chemical property, hazard and general safety information are paramount to preventing harmful exposures or even death.  One of the most important parts of running an effective health and safety program is to ensure your organization's industrial hygiene team is involved with the planning of the work environment, protective equipment, emergency response plans, and all-around general safety measures to control environmental factors. 

But managing chemicals data as an industrial hygienist is no easy task. Too often the full risk of a product or groups of products is unknown due to a lack of data clarity.  Industrial Hygienists constantly struggle with getting accurate chemical or hazard data on products to ensure their safety or mitigate their risk. Some of the most frequent issues Industrial Hygienists come across when dealing with digital chemical property, hazard, safety data or OELs are data inaccuracies, incomplete data, lack of access, old data or even worse - no data at all! 

If Industrial Hygienists are unable to get access to the digital chemical property, hazard, and safety data, incidents and injuries can occur.  In the event an incident does happen, having accurate Occupational Exposure Limits (OELs) to ensure compliance is key.  But, as an industrial hygiene professional, you know occupational exposure limits are innumerable and continuously changing. OELs become even more complex to keep up with if you're managing multiple locations or if your organization is expanding operations into new geographies. An OEL for a particular substance may be more or less stringent depending on the region. 

To help you keep up with the changing OEL landscape, Verisk 3E and Cority have teamed up with the AIHA for a webinar to walk through a brief history of OEL changes and share best practices for managing complex OELs across global organizations. Save your spot here:

About the Author

Alan L. Johnson

As Director of Strategic Alliances at Verisk 3E. Mr. Johnson is responsible for devising and executing 3E’s Global Strategic Alliance Program, which play a critical role in its global business development strategy. Since joining 3E in 2015, he has negotiated alliances with a wide range of industry-leading companies, including Cority, increasing 3E’s global footprint through the development of integrated technologies. Mr. Johnson has more than ten years of business development and product management experience in the software industry, spearheading many successful B2B & B2C partnership programs. Prior to joining 3E Company, he held senior business development and product positions with market-leading software companies including Turning Technologies, BlueTie Inc. & The NASVF. Mr. Johnson holds a B.A. in Political Science/World Languages & Cultures from Mercyhurst College, a certificate from L’Université Laval in Français Langue Étrangère (FLE), and a dual MBA in Sales & Marketing Management/International Business from the Rochester Institute of Technology’s E. Phillip Saunders College of Business.

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