International Development, Community, and Environment

Evaluating the use of occupational standards for controlling toxic air pollutants ( USA).

C. A. Rowan, Office of Research and Standards
W. M. Connolly, Office of Research and Standards
H. S. Brown, Office of Research and Standards


Currently the US Environmental Protection Agency has established air standards for relatively few chemicals. This study indicated that careful selection should be made of the most appropriate occupational standard to use to protect public health. A comparison is made of chemicals regulated by various state air toxic programs using occupational standards lowered by a safety factor to concentrations established by the US EPA. It was found that the air guidelines vary, but the degree of stringency can be comparable.-from Authors Toxic air pollutants;occupational health standards;air standards;air pollution.