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Exposure Limits

For laboratory uses of hazardous substances, departments must ensure that laboratory employees' exposures to such substances do not exceed either the permissible exposure limits (PELs) specified in 29 CFR 1910, subpart Z, which are set by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), or the Threshold Limit Values (TLVs) published by the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH), whichever is lower.