Regulations (Preambles to Final Rules) - Table of Contents
• Record Type: Occupational Exposure to Cadmium
• Section: 1
• Title: Section 1 - I. Introduction

I. Introduction

A. General

The preamble to this standard on occupational exposure to cadmium discusses the events that led to the development of the proposal, cadmium's physical properties, manufacture and use, the health effects associated with exposure to cadmium, and the degree and the significance of the risk. In addition, an analysis of the regulatory impact and technological and economic feasibility of the proposed standard and the rationale behind the specific provisions set forth in the regulatory text are also presented.

OSHA is acting to regulate a hazard widely recognized by other Federal agencies, health experts, and the general public. These standards will be codified at 29 CFR 1910.1027 for general industry, 1915.1027 for maritime, 1928.1027 for agriculture and 1926.63 for the construction industry. Pursuant to sections 4(b)(2), 6(b), 8(c) and 8(g) of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (the Act) (84 Stat. 1592, 1593, 1596, 1599; 29 U.S.C. 653, 655, 657), the Construction Safety Act (40 U.S.C. 333), the Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act (33 U.S.C. 941), the Secretary of Labor's Order No. 1-90 (55 FR 9033), and 29 CFR Part 1911, these final standards hereby amend and revise the current cadmium standards.

This action follows publication of a proposed rule on February 6, 1990 (55 FR 4052) and holding of public hearings from June 5-13, 1990 in Washington, D.C. and July 17-19, 1990 in Denver, Colorado to provide the public with an opportunity to comment on OSHA's proposed rule on cadmium. Approximately 2000 pages of testimony and 100 comments were received into the record of this rulemaking and have been analyzed by the Agency in creating this final standard.

B. Construction

OSHA has decided to issue tw