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OSHA Releases Cadmium Biological Monitoring Advisor to Help Protect Workers

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has released a Cadmium Biological Monitoring Advisor in conjunction with the Office of the Solicitor of Labor and the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Labor for Policy.

The OSHA Cadmium Biological Monitoring Advisor is designed to help monitor the federal requirements of the general industry Cadmium Standard, 29 CFR 1910.1027. The online tool analyzes a series of questions and answers, as well as test results provided by the user, to determine if biological monitoring and medical surveillance requirements are being met.

Workers inspecting bottles in a factory.The monitoring tool is intended primarily for medical professionals who will assess the cadmium exposure of employees. However, employers and their workers can use the tool for educational purposes, helping them to better understand overexposure to cadmium and how to prevent it.

Cadmium is a soft metal used in machinery, plastics, ceramics, paints and other industrial materials. The risk of exposure is high among employees who work with welding, smelting or refining of metals, or manufacturing batteries or plastics. Chronic exposure to cadmium can lead to serious health complications such as kidney damage, certain kinds of cancers, pulmonary emphysema and bone disease.

The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry reports that about 300,000 workers are exposed to cadmium each year in the United States.
OSHA’s Cadmium Biological Monitoring Advisor is only meant to monitor cadmium exposure levels in industrial settings. There is a separate Cadmium Standard that protects workers in the construction industry.

North Carolina Workers’ Compensation Lawyers

If you have suffered serious health complications that you believe were caused by your work, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. Call the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin at 1-866-900-7078 for a free evaluation of your case and to find out if one of our North Carolina workers’ comp attorneys may be able to help you.