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Regulatory Context

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulate sulfuric acid.

  • The OSHA permissible exposure limit (PEL) for sulfuric acid, averaged over an 8-hour workshift, is 1.0 milligram per cubic meter (mg/m3).

The U.S. EPA regulates sulfuric acid under the authority of three environmental statutes. Under the:

  • Comprehensive Environmental Responsibility, Compensation and Liability Act (popularly known as "Superfund"), sulfuric acid is regulated as an "extremely hazardous substance."
  • Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act, TRI program, all large quantity users of sulfuric acid aerosols only must submit data on environmental releases, off-site transfers, and production-related waste.
  • Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act, sulfuric acid is a "registered pesticide."

Endnotes:
The data in this section are from the following sources: EDF, 1999; Lewis, 1993; and New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services, 1995 (see endnote #1 for full citations).