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EU Occupational Exposure Limits (OELs)

Little Pro on 2016-01-08 Views:  Update:2018-04-02

In Europe, there are two types of occupational exposure limits for chemical agents: EU community exposure limits and national exposure limits. The community limits are set by the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work. The Member States are required to establish national occupational exposure limit values for listed chemical agents, taking into account the Community values. National exposure limit values may be different from the community values.

EU Community Occupational Exposure Limits (OELs)

The EU Community Occupational Exposure Limits (OELs) are specified in various directives and are updated regularly. The table below summarizes the update history of EU community OELs.

DIRECTIVE 2009/161/EC
DIRECTIVE 2006/15/EC
DIRECTIVE 2000/39/EC
DIRECTIVE 91/322/EEC

National Occupational Exposure Limits (OELs)

The easiest way to check national occupational exposure limits in the EU member states is to use GESTIS. This free database contains a collection of occupational limit values for hazardous substances gathered from various EU member states, Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, Switzerland, China, and the United States. Limit values of almost 1,800 substances are listed.

For example, if you search Acetonitrile or CAS No. 75-05-8 in GESTIS, all OELs in different countries will pop up.

Occupational Exposure Limits Europe

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