What Recommendations Has The Federal Government Made To Protect Human Health

The federal government has set regulatory standards and guidelines to protect individuals from the effects that may occur if exposed to boron. The EPA has established tolerances for total boron of 30 ppm in or on cottonseed and 8 ppm in or on citrus fruits. The Food and Drug Administration has designated that borax and boric acid are generally recognized as safe (GRAS) as indirect food additives in adhesive components, components of paper, paperboard, sizing and coatings. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has set a permissible exposure limit of 10 mg/m for boron oxide and sodium tetraborate in the workplace air for 8 hour/day exposures over a 40-hour work week. Limits of 10 mg/m for boron tribromide and 3 mg/m for boron trifluoride have been set.

Additional information on governmental regulations regarding boron can be found in Chapter 7.

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