OSHA: Sites' post-Sandy contaminant levels are within federal limits

01/15/2013 | Washington Post, The

Tests of New York and New Jersey sites during the cleanup after superstorm Sandy have revealed the presence of asbestos, lead, silica and other contaminants at some sites, but none exceeded federal limits for workplace exposure, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. OSHA tested sites including landfills and beaches, but results are pending for some tests of private businesses, parks, roads and other sites. "These initial results should not be taken by employers as an 'all clear' signal regarding potential exposure to health hazards. It is important that each employer continually ensure that workers are not overexposed," OSHA's Robert Kulick said.

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