Arsenic: Poison of Kings or King of Poisons?

In 2017, 377 occupational injuries or illnesses were a result of exposure to chemicals or chemical products. Arsenic has been used for centuries in a variety of industries from wood preservation and agriculture, to glass manufacturing, and the medical field. Arsenic has been so prevalent in general industry that 1,149 of 1,684 current or former sites on the EPA’s National Priorities List are there due to arsenic and other chemicals.

When dealing with a chemical that’s known to cause respiratory and nervous system issues as well as cancer it’s important to formulate a plan that keeps you and your employees safe. Good news, does just that!

  • [1910.1018(b)] – Definitions when dealing with Arsenic
  • [1910.1018(e)] – Exposure Monitoring
  • [1910.1018(g)(2)] – Employer’s Responsibility – Compliance Program
  • [1910.1018(p)(1)] – Hazard Communication
  • [1910.1018(n)] – Medical Monitoring

Does the Inorganic Arsenic standard apply to me?

Depending on the industry you work on, it’s very possible! Under OSHA’s General Duty Clause (Section 5(a)(1) of the OSH Act) employers are responsible for protecting their employees from recognized hazards that cause, or are likely to cause, death or serious physical harm.

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_____ does not routinely perform work that is associated with, or has a potential arsenic hazard. However, due to the varied nature of our business and the associated work, _____ has developed the following guidelines in the event of an arsenic hazard on any of our job sites.


To provide general guidelines for _____ employee safety when working around arsenic.


This section applies to all operating units.


The Supervisor or his/her designee is responsible for:

  1. Notifying _____ of exposures at or above the OSHA Permissible Exposure Limit.
  2. Informing other on-site employers of arsenic exposure requiring the establishment of a regulated area.
  3. Initiating containment of arsenic exposed areas.

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