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International Workshop "Occupational Safety and Health during the Use of Biocides" on 03./04.04.2006 in Dortmund

How can the Biocidal Product Directive and occupational safety and health benefit from each other?

From 3 to 4 April 2006, 35 experts on occupational safety and health from 12 member states of the European Union and the European Commission met at Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (BAuA) in Dortmund to discuss occupational safety and health during the use of biocides.

Currently, the first biocidal active substances are evaluated under Directive 98/8/EC concerning the placing of biocidal products on the market. It appears that professionals are exposed predominantly or even exclusively to active substances.

Under Directive 98/24/EC rules concerning health and safety during the use of chemicals at work, including biocidal products, are laid down. These rules, however, only give general guidance. In practice, additional specification is necessary to fulfil the requirements of the Directive 98/24/EC which could (among others) be a result of the evaluation process for biocides.

The workshop was a contribution to the ongoing harmonisation process for occupational risk assessment and management in the context of the Biocidal Product Directive. It was the right time to address the interrelation between biocidal legislation and worker protection legislation and seek how both could benefit from each other. The first experiences show that for the time being the member states have different strategies to deal with occupational safety and health issues and instruments for risk reduction at the workplace. Against this background, the German national authority for risk assessment at the workplace invited international experts to discuss present experiences with the review programme and develop new ideas for the future.

Monday, April 3rd, 2006

Welcome note by the president of BAuA (PDF, 203 KB)
BAuA's President, Hans-Jürgen Bieneck

Occupational Safety and Health in the Biocidal Directive (PDF, 101 KB)
Kirsten Rasmussen, ECB, European Union

Risks at the Workplace that will Influence Annex I - Inclusion (PDF, 656 KB)
Sabine Darschnik, Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (BAuA)

Influence of Good Working Practice on Exposure - Example Spray Application (PDF, 154 KB)
Stephanie Melching-Kollmuß, Fraunhofer ITEM, Germany

The Principles of Good Practice for the Control of Exposure to Biocides (PDF, 556 KB)
Stephen Kinghorn-Perry, HSE's Occ. Hyg. Unit, UK

The OEL as an Instrument in Occupational Safety and Health (PDF, 511 KB)
Ruud Woutersen, TNO, The Netherlands

The Biocide Directive as a new Chance for the Protection of Workers (PDF, 712 KB)
Eva Lechtenberg-Auffarth, Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (BAuA)

Tuesday, April 4th, 2006

Assessing (Dermal) Exposure loading in the Evaluation Process of Biocidal Products (PDF, 1 MB)
Joop van Hemmen, TNO, The Netherlands

Advantages of Real Time Monitoring of Exposure to Risk Management - a Real Case Study (PDF, 1 MB)
John Perkins, Dow AgroSciences European Research Centre, UK

Thought Starters for further Discussions

Ideas for sound and robust Exposure Assessments (PDF, 214 KB)
Dagmar Holthenrich, Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (BAuA)

Suggestions for Harmonisation of Reference Values (PDF, 179 KB)
Sabine Darschnik, Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (BAuA)

Promising Risk Management Options for Biocides (PDF, 186 KB)
Urs Schlüter, Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (BAuA)

Panel Discussion

Panel Discussion: The Future for Occupational Safety and Health in Biocide Regulations (PDF, 211 KB)

Reiner Arndt (BAuA, Germany)

On the Panel:
Kirsten Rasmussen (ECB, European Union)
Sabine Darschnik (BAuA, Germany)
Joop van Hemmen (TNO, The Netherlands)
Stephen Kinghorn-Perry (HSE, UK)

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