Deadline extended on our Occupational Exposure Limits questionnaires

Online questionnaire deadline extended to 3rd November.

A consortium comprising RPA Risk & Policy Analysts (United Kingdom), FoBiG Forschungs- und Beratungsinstitut Gefahrstoffe (Germany), COWI (Denmark), and EPRD Office for Economic Policy and Regional Development (Poland) has been contracted by the European Commission (DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion) to carry out a study to support a possible amendment of Directive 2004/37/EC on the protection of workers from exposure to carcinogens or mutagens at work.

The study focuses on the following five chemical agents:

  • cadmium and its inorganic compounds;
  • beryllium and its inorganic compounds;
  • inorganic arsenic compounds including arsenic acid and its salts;
  • formaldehyde; and
  • 4,4′-Methylene-bis(2-chloroaniline) (MOCA).

In addition to the above chemical agents the study will describe the impacts of the OEL of 5 µg/m3 for ‘chromium (VI) compounds in welding or plasma cutting processes or similar work processes that generate fume’ which will enter into force five years after the transposition date of the compromise recently reached by Council and the European Parliament on the Commission proposal COM(2016)248 final.

As part of this study, four online questionnaires have been developed to collect data and information to assist with the assessment.

We would like to invite companies with workers exposed to the above chemical agents, Occupational Health & Safety consultants/experts, and Member State authorities that are responsible for setting and/or enforcing national OELs to complete our online questionnaires.

Further information on the study and links to the questionnaires can be found here.