Alaska Permissible Exposure Limits laws & safety compliance analysis

Alaska Permissible Exposure Limits: What you need to know

Alaska has adopted the federal safety and health rules for permissible exposure limits for air contaminants in general industry and construction workplaces by reference (8 AAC 61.1010), and has adopted PELs for certain chemicals that are stricter than federal PELs.

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The Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development/Occupational Safety and Health Section (AKOSH) administers and enforces workplace safety and health rules for private and public sector workplaces in the state.

8 AAC 61.1100

The state air contaminants standards for general industry contain PELs for 70 chemicals for which OSHA does not have a PEL, and lower PELs for 13 others. See the PEL table for exposure limits on specific chemicals.

Federal OSHA had revised its Z tables of hazardous substances and PELs in the 1980s to include the substances adopted by Oregon's standards, but in 1992 a federal circuit court struck down the OSHA revisions. Several states, including Oregon, Washington, and California, retained some of the PELs from the pre 1989 OSHA Z tables, which are stricter than existing federal standards.

PEL table. For a copy of the state PEL table (Table Z-1-A) for air contaminants, click

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