Chemistry researchers know that there are chemicals in every workplace that lack established occupational exposure limits. This is a common occurrence, and yet so many substances still lack published values. There are ways around data gaps of this variety, and occupational exposure banding is one of the best. Below, we’ve dissected this concept and provided our best recommendations for bettering the process.
An estimated 80,000 chemicals exist in commercial circulation. There are published values for approximately 1,200 of them. How can a team understand the hazardous impact of a chemical that doesn’t feature published values? Analysis of appropriate analogs is the answer. For information about occupational exposure banding and other data gap solutions, download our free Whitepaper!
Why Occupational Exposure Banding is Significant
It Protects Employees
Occupational exposure banding, sometimes referred to as “hazard banding,” allows professionals to assign chemicals specific categories. These “bands” correspond to a range of exposure concentrations, and ultimately protect employee health. Each assignment depends on a chemical’s toxicological potency and its potential adverse health effects. Naturally, the more occupational exposure banding is used, the safer a company’s employees are.
It Expands Our Knowledge of Appropriate Analogs
The output of this process is an occupational exposure band (OEB). For decades, the pharmaceutical sector and major chemical companies have used this process to establish exposure control limits for chemicals that lack sufficient data. Knowing the best analogs for a chemical helps researchers understand side effects for both consumers and laboratory technicians, so it is important for companies to consider occupational exposure banding. Big data are catalysts for discovering similar substances and ensuring that available data reach their full potential; in these circumstances, structurally similar properties create the confidence science professionals need to predict toxic properties.
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