11/18/2010

Health-based recommended occupational exposure limit for employees in the grain and animal feed industries

At the request of the Minister of Social Affairs and Employment, the Health
Council of the Netherlands sets health-based recommended occupational exposure
limits (HB-ROEL) for existing substances in the air in the workplace. These
recommendations are prepared by the Council's Dutch Expert Committee on
Occupational Safety (DECOS).

In this report, the committee discusses the consequences of occupational
exposure to grain dust and recommends a health-based occupational exposure
limit. The The committee defines grain dust as fine particulate matter
originating from several grains, such as wheat (Triticum sp.), oats (Avena
sativa), barley (Hordeum vulgare), rye (Secale cereale), sorghum (Panicum
miliaceum), and including maize (Zea mays), rice (Oryza sativa), pulses - such
as soy beans (Glycine hispida) and peas (Pisum sativum) - and various oil
seeds. Flour dusts, originating from milled wheat and rye, and present in flour
mills and bakeries are not included in the definition of grain dust. Endotoxins
are a variable and important component of grain dust. committee's conclusions
are based on scientific papers published before July 2010.


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