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Air contaminants are particles, liquids, and gases in the air that can be harmful to your health if you breathe them in, swallow them, or get them on your skin.

Oregon OSHA requires employers to set exposure limits for many air contaminants; you’ll find them in three “Z tables” in Oregon Rules for Air Contaminants (437-002-0382). Table Z-1 includes all of the air contaminants that have Oregon OSHA exposure limits. Notes for some air contaminants in Table Z-1 refer you to Table Z-2, Table Z-3, or other Oregon OSHA requirements.

There are similar tables in Oregon OSHA’s construction rules and agriculture rules.

  • Brochures/Guides
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  • Fact sheets
    • Isocyanates
      Describes what isocyanates are, why they're extreme health hazards, and how employees can protect themselves.
      English  12/08/2014
    • Mold
      Describes effects and dangers of mold in buildings, with information on evaluating buildings for mold growth, sampling, and subsequent remediation.
      English  02/26/2008
    • Nail salon safety and health hazards
      Explains that prolonged exposure to chemicals in nail polish, polish removers, and nail hardeners can be harmful if not used properly.
      English  02/06/2008
    • Sulfur dioxide use when sanitizing wine barrels and corks
      Sulfur dioxide is legally classified as a pesticide under federal and Oregon laws when it is used to sanitize wine barrels and wine corks. This fact sheet explains how to properly sanitize wine barrels and wine corks.
      English  05/19/2017
    • Wood dust
      Describes health and safety hazards of wood dust
      English  02/15/2008
  • Quick facts
    • Diisocianatos
      Diisocyanates
      Datos rápidos para trabajadores sobre los diisocianatos. Los diisocianatos son productos químicos que se usan para hacer el poliuretano. Si usa productos que contienen poliuretano donde trabaja, debería saber acerca de los diisocianatos, quienes pueden irritar sus ojos, garganta, nariz, y piel. - | - Quick facts for employees about diisocyanates. Diisocyanates are chemicals used to make polyurethane. If you use products that contain polyurethane where you work, you should know about diisocyanates, which can irritate your eyes, throat, nose, and skin.
      Spanish  09/11/2012

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