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Occupational exposure limits - Call for comments and evidence

Occupational exposure limits - Call for comments and evidence

Calls for evidence allow parties to signal their interest and express their views and concerns in the early phases of developing a scientific report on occupational exposure limits on a substance or chemical agent at the workplace.

A call for evidence is additional to and does not take the place of the consultation on the OEL scientific report in support of occupational exposure limits at the workplace.

Consultations close at 23:59 Helsinki time (EET).

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Subject of the call
Call for evidence on asbestos and its properties related to scientific evaluation of exposure limits at the workplace.
Objective of the call
ECHA has been tasked by the European Commission to review the current occupational exposure limit (OEL), which imposes on employers the obligation to ensure that no worker is exposed to an airborne concentration of asbestos in excess of 0.1 fibres per cm3 as an 8-hour time-weighted average (TWA) in accordance with Article 8 Directive 2009/148/EC on the protection of workers from the risks related to exposure to asbestos at work.

The scientific evaluations of exposure limits are used to support regulatory initiatives on occupational exposure limit values for the protection of workers from chemical risks, to be set at Union level pursuant to Directive 2009/148/EC.

Any exposure to asbestos should be limited to the minimum and occupational exposure limits are one crucial element in achieving that goal. While new uses of asbestos-containing products are already prohibited in the EU, due to the large amount of previously used asbestos products still in place, the preventive actions related to the safe handling of those products e.g. during building renovation and maintenance will remain a priority for many years to come.

This call intends to gather information on exposure, health effects, toxicology, epidemiology and modes of action on asbestos, noting that it is no longer used in the EU. The information gathered will form the basis when preparing the scientific report.
Target group
Industry, Academia, MSCAs, NGOs, Trade associations, Other stakeholders
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The information submitted may be non-confidential or confidential. If you claim information to be confidential, you will need to provide a justification. Any information claimed confidential will only be made available to ECHA, including its Committees, the Member State Competent Authorities and the European Commission, if appropriate.

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