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Byssinosis: Cotton Dust Exposure (Archive)

Cotton dust: Geometric mean exposures by cotton process, OSHA samples, 1980-1999
Figure showing Cotton dust:  Geometric mean exposures by cotton process, OSHA samples, 1980-1999

PEL - permissible exposure limitREL - recommended exposure limitmg/m3 - milligrams per cubic meter

Note:  The OSHA PEL is 0.2 mg/m3 for yarn manufacturing and cotton washing operations, 0.5 mg/m3 for textile mill waste house operations or for dust from lower grade washed cotton used during yarn manufacturing, 0.75 mg/m3 for textile slashing and weaving operations, and 1.0 mg/m3 for cotton waste processing operations or waste recycling (i.e., sorting, blending, cleaning, and willowing) and garnetting. See appendices for source description, methods, and agents.

Source:  Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Integrated Management Information System.

Reference Number: 2002F04-04

Date Posted: May 2003

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