NIOSH Issues Fact Sheet to Answer Questions about its Study of Sealant Applicators

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has prepared a “Fact Sheet” to help answer questions about its planned research study of occupational exposure of sealcoat applicators to polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). In the fact sheet, NIOSH describes the study as follows:

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) is conducting a research study of occupational exposure to polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) associated with the use of refined coal tar based sealants. These sealants are primarily used as protective coatings for asphalt paved areas including parking lots and driveways. The primary objective of the study is to measure occupational exposure to PAHs associated with the methods currently used for application of refined coal tar based pavement sealants.

Questions addressed in the fact sheet include the who, what and why of the study. NIOSH states that it will be contacting 14 to 20 companies seeking participants. Read the entire fact sheet here.

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