07/01/2009

Aluminium - evaluation of the reprotoxic potential

At the request of the Dutch Minister of Social Affairs and Employment, the
Health Council of the Netherlands evaluates the effects on the reproduction of
substances at the workplace.

The evaluation and subsequent classification, according to the Directive
93/21/EEC of the European Union, are performed by the Subcommittee on the
Classification of Reproduction Toxic Substances of the Dutch Expert Committee
on Occupational Safety of the Health Council, hereafter called the committee.

The committee's recommendations are:


  • Metallic aluminium and insoluble (i.e., not soluble in water) aluminium
    compounds:

    • for effects on fertility, the committee recommends not classifying metallic
      aluminium and insoluble aluminium compounds due to a lack of appropriate data.

    • for developmental toxicity, the committee recommends not classifying metallic
      aluminium and insoluble aluminium compounds due to a lack of appropriate data.

    • the committee is of the opinion that labelling of metallic aluminium and
      insoluble aluminium compounds for effects during lactation is not indicated.
  • Soluble (i.e., in water) aluminium compounds:

    • for effects on fertility, the committee recommends not classifying soluble
      aluminium compounds due to a lack of appropriate data.

    • the committee recommends classifying soluble aluminium compounds in category 2
      (substances which could be regarded as if they cause developmental toxicity in
      humans) and labelling soluble aluminium compounds with T; R61 (may cause harm
      to the unborn child).

    • for effects during lactation, the committee recommends labelling soluble
      aluminium compounds with R64 (may cause harm to breastfed babies).

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