The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is recommending a major overhaul of how its workers can safely treat and dispose of potentially dangerous chemicals, according to an executive summary released Wednesday.
The draft recommendation to the Trump administration lays out five requirements for workers at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), according to the Associated Press.
These include training on how to properly handle hazardous substances and the safe disposal of such substances.
It also includes the ability to remove chemicals from a facility if it becomes unsafe.HHS said in its proposal that workers must have the right to seek medical attention for exposures they may experience.
It recommended that employees should be required to complete a two-year certification program to ensure that they have passed the required safety training.
The agency also proposed requiring that all hazardous chemicals be stored at a maximum capacity of 1 million pounds (700,000 kilograms) per day, which is far higher than most countries’ guidelines.
In the United States, that means that a large container of 1.6 million pounds would require a maximum of 7.6 tons (16.6 metric tons).