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Arsenic Safety and Health Topics

Arsenic occurs naturally in the environment as an element of the earth's crust. Arsenic is combined with other elements such as oxygen, chlorine, and sulfur to form inorganic arsenic compounds. Exposure to higher-than-average levels of arsenic occurs mainly in workplaces, near or in hazardous waste sites, and areas with high levels naturally occurring in soil, rocks, and water. Exposure to high levels of arsenic can cause death. Exposure to arsenic at low levels for extended periods of time can cause a discoloration of the skin and the appearance of small corns or warts.

The following questions link to information relevant to arsenic hazards in the workplace.
Standards What standards apply?
OSHA | National Consensus
Hazard Recognition What is arsenic and what are its health effects?
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Exposure Evaluation How can I evaluate arsenic exposures in the workplace?
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Possible Solutions What are some examples of possible solutions for workplace hazards?
Control | Related Literature
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