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What are Permissible Exposure Limits (PELs)?
Permissible Exposure Limit (PELs) are a legal limits set forth by OSHA in which employees can be exposed to chemical or physical substances in a work environment.

Who does Permissible Exposure Limits (PELs) Protect?
According to OSHA there are more than 500,000 workers employed in laboratories in the U.S. Every employee working in an exposed environment is at risk of negative health issues if not properly covered. PELs are set in place to minimize health risks for all workers.

Why Permissible Exposure Limits (PELs) Matter
If a worker is not properly protected from chemicals or physical substance, it can have negative health impact to ones:
  • Renal System
  • Respiratory System
  • Cardiovascular System
  • Reproductive System
  • Nervous System
  • Immune System
  • Hepatic System
  • Skin
When should you follow Permissible Exposure Limits (PELs)?
It is important to always follow OSHA’s PELs and clearly communicate them with all workers. Having the proper exposure control device in place ensures your workers well-being and minimizes legal problems for your facility. For more information, please visit the OSHA website.

Annotated Permissible Exposure Limits (PELs) Tables
Quoted from OSHA: "OSHA’s annotated PELs tables include a side-by-side comparison of OSHA PELs, Cal/OSHA PELs, NIOSH RELs and ACGIH® TLVs®. The TLVs® in the annotated tables are reprinted with permission from ACGIH®"

Click to view OSHA PELs Tables Here

Do I Have the Proper PELs Protection Device in Place?
Whether you are new to this topic or already have protection in place, it’s always good to re-evaluate the exposure safety of your workers. Always refer to OSHA for the latest PELs standards.

Kalyx Scientific has extensive expertise in exposure control and can help identify areas of improvement. If you have any questions, call us today! 1 (844) 525 9963.


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