Occupational Exposure Limit Values

Occupational Exposure Limit Values

Risk & Policy Analysts Ltd (RPA), together with FoBiG, Milieu, and EPRD, have been contracted by the European Commission (DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion) to support the evaluation of a possible amendment of Directive 2004/37/EC on the protection of workers from the risks related to exposure to carcinogens or mutagens at work (hereinafter referred to as the CMD).

The preventive and protective measures established by the CMD include the Occupational Exposure Limit Values (OELVs) set out in Annex 3 of the Directive.  OELVs are implemented at the national level by means of Occupational Exposure Limits (OELs) which must be at least as stringent as the OELVs in the CMD.  To date, the CMD has established OELVs for three chemical agents (benzene, vinyl chloride monomer and hardwood dusts).

In order to adapt the CMD to changes in scientific knowledge and technical progress, it is the intention of the Commission to submit a proposal to the Council and European Parliament, which, amongst other things, may introduce new or revised OELVs for a number of chemical agents, including (but not limited to) the seven chemical agents within the scope of this study.  The objective of the study is to assess the impacts of prospective OELVs for chromium VI compounds, 1,3-butadiene, acrylamide, ethylene oxide, 1,2-epoxypropane, bromoethylene, and a revised OELV for vinyl chloride monomer.

The objective of the study is to collect data and information feeding into the assessment of the impacts of the OELVs and, in particular, the evaluation of potential impacts on competitiveness and SMEs.  The consultation exercise for this study includes a short questionnaire for individual companies (that may experience impacts if the OELVs under consideration were to be adopted, i.e. primarily producers and users of the relevant chemical agents) and National authorities.

Electronic versions of the consultation questionnaires can be found at the following links.  To facilitate the preparation of your contribution, pdf versions of the questionnaire are also available under ‘Supporting Documentation’:

  • Click here to complete the companies questionnaire
  • Click here to complete the National authorities questionnaire

The original deadline for survey completion (18th May) has now been extended to the 31st May 2016 to allow all relevant companies and National authorities to participate in the consultation.

Responses from companies will be handled in the strictest confidence and will only be used for the purposes of this study. In preparing our reports for the Commission (which, subsequently, may be published), care will be taken to ensure that specific responses cannot be linked to individual companies. If you have specific concerns about how your views will be treated, you can contact us and we will be happy to discuss your concerns.

If you have any questions about the consultation or study more generally, please contact Daniel Vencovsky (daniel.vencovsky@rpaltd.co.uk or +44 (0)1508 528 465).

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