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