07/12/2007

Proceedings of the german presidency conference on REACH

The conference "Occupational Limit Values for Hazardous Substances - Healthy
working conditions in a global economy" of the Federal Ministry of Labour and
Social Affairs (BMAS), Germany, took place in Dortmund on 7 - 8 May 2007 with
more than 200 experts.

The new European chemicals policy REACH entered into force on 1 June 2007.
Various stakeholders had to prepare for complying with the regulation. The
German Presidency of the European Council intended to contribute to the
realisation of the new chemicals policy. Various exposure levels for chemicals
at the workplace are currently established in Europe or will be in the near
future: "OEL - occupational exposure limits" from member states or European
institutions, "AOEL - acceptable operator exposure levels" for biocides or
pesticides, "DNEL - derived no effects levels" within the framework of the new
REACH regulation. The conference intended to summarise the underlying concepts,
its consequences for occupational safety and health and provide suggestions
which might be used by the European Chemicals Agency in Helsinki.

The documentation of the conference includes presentations, conclusions, and
posters, eg.

  • The REACH tool: derived no effect levels (DNEL)

  • DNEL: multiple values for identical substances?

  • Occupational exposure limits (OEL) at the national level

  • The SCOEL Work and Decision-Making Processes

  • Special tool: Acceptable operator exposure levels (AOEL)

  • Derivation of OELs at Community level - Future Perspectives

  • Compliance with occupational limit values by applying the principles of Good
    Control Practice

  • Compliance with occupational limit values by applying workplace measurements

  • New responsibility for trade unions to ensure workers health within the
    framework of REACH

  • Integration of DNEL into national regulations for occupational safety and
    health. The situation in the Slovak Republic.

  • Integration of DNEL into Polish regulations for occupational safety and
    health

  • Derived-No-Effect-Levels (DNEL)

  • Integration of DNEL into national regulations for occupational safety and
    health

More information


AplusA-online.de - Source: Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health