PDC 409

Occupational Exposure Banding in the Workplace (Including Emergency Response Applications) - SOLD OUT

intermediate | Credits: 8 CM Credit Hours / 0.8 CEU / 0.5 CMP
Sunday, May 22 | 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Limit: 35


Exposure Banding/OEL Process, Incident Preparedness and Response


Chemicals are being introduced into commerce at a rate that significantly outpaces the development of authoritative Occupational Exposure Limits (OELs). Practitioners often rely on authoritative OELs to support the implementation of the hierarchy of controls. Occupational Exposure Banding uses available toxicological data to create a range of concentrations or an Occupational Exposure Band (OEB), to support decisions about exposure control strategies. The objective of this session is to examine: 1) The proposed NIOSH approach to derive an OEB, 2) application of the OEB in emergency response scenarios, 3) and relationships with a variety of Control Banding applications. This course will highlight the array of different information sources and types of OEBs and control banding strategies, their uses and limitations, and the linkage between them. Together, the available tools provide a continuum of resources that can assist occupational risk assessment and management needs.


Basic understanding of the globally harmonized system for the classification and labeling of chemicals (GHS) and OELs.

Learning Aids

Participants must bring a laptop.

Value Added

Course provides user guides and hands-on-training resources.


Upon completion, participants will be able to:

  • Identify key on-line resources for finding GHS hazard codes/categories and toxicological information.
  • Describe primary toxicological terms used in OEB process and the eight health endpoints used to make decisions.
  • Derive an OEB using the proposed NIOSH Occupational Exposure Banding approach.
  • Describe the range of OEB derivation methods and their relationship to each other as a hierarchy of tools that vary in data requirements and level of uncertainty.
  • Demonstrate application of a control banding strategy with an OEB consistent with the needs of different occupational risk assessment scenarios.


  • Introduction
  • Review toxicology, OELs, Occupational Exposure Banding (OEB), GHS hazard code and categories
  • Review of NIOSH Tier 1 and Tier 2 process of NIOSH OEB methodology, using the OEB framework
  • Overview of the application of control banding
  • Controls
  • Breakout session to develop OEBs
  • Discussion, report and discuss scenario results

Transfer of Knowledge

Instructors will evaluate participants understanding of the materials presented based on:

  • Post-PDC test
  • Hands-on demonstrations and practicum
  • Practice exercises

 Course Survey Link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/16PDC409

Sponsoring Committee

Control Banding Working Group