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Conference "Occupational Limit Values for Hazardous Substances - Healthy working conditions in a global economy" on 07./08.05.2007 in Dortmund

Proceedings

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 programme, presentations and conclusions of the conference can be downloaded below.

Programme (PDF, 117KB)

List of participants (PDF, 37KB)

Photographs (PDF, 2MB)

Welcome and Introduction

Welcoming address (in German) (PDF, 33KB)
Cornelia Fischer, Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, Bonn, Germany

Risk communication and occupational limit values - need for a better understanding (PDF, 63KB)
Ragnar Lofstedt, King's College London, London, United Kingdom

Presentations

Multiple starting points - common goals

The REACH tool: derived no effect levels (DNEL) (PDF, 310KB)
Sharon Munn, European Chemicals Bureau (ECB), Ispra, Italy

DNEL: multiple values for identical substances? (PDF, 151KB)
Martin Kayser, BASF AG, Ludwigshafen, Germany

Occupational exposure limits (OEL) at the national level (PDF, 208KB)
Andrea Hartwig, Senate Commission for the Investigation of Health Hazards of Chemical Compounds in the Work Area (German MAK-Commission), Berlin, Germany

The SCOEL Work and Decision-Making Processes (PDF, 3MB)
Vito Foá, Chairman of the European Scientific Committee on Occupational Exposure Limits (SCOEL), Mailand, Italy

Special tool: acceptable operator exposure level (AOEL) (PDF, 361KB)
Cees de Heer, National Institute for Health and the Environment (RIVM), Bilthoven, The Netherlands

Derivation of OELs at Community level - Future Perspectives (PDF, 89KB)
Antonis Angelidis, Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities, Luxembourg

Ensuring exposure limitation

Compliance with occupational limit values by applying the principles of Good Control Practice (PDF, 269KB)
Christine Northage, Health Safety Executive (HSE), Bootle, United Kingdom

Compliance with occupational limit values by applying workplace measurements (PDF, 429KB)
Ralph Hebisch, Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (BAuA), Dortmund, Germany

Necessary changes

New responsibility for trade unions to ensure workers health within the framework of REACH (PDF, 196KB)
Tony Musu, European Trade Union Institute for Research, Education, Safety and Health (ETUI-REHS), Brussels, Belgium

Integration of DNEL into national regulations for occupational safety and health. The situation in the Slovak Republic (PDF, 334KB)
Eleonora Fabianova, Regional Authority of Public Health, Banska Bystrica, Slovak Republic

Integration of DNEL into Polish regulations for occupational safety and health (PDF, 120KB)
Jan Gromiec, Nofer Institute of Occupational Medicine, Lodz, Poland

Derived-No-Effect-Levels (DNEL) (PDF, 85KB)
Helmut Klein, Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, Germany

Integration of DNEL into national regulations for occupational safety and health (PDF, 183KB)
Ad Vijlbrief, Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment, The Netherlands

Conclusions

On the Outcome of the German Presidency OEL Conference - Summary Comments (PDF, 40KB)
Elke Schneider, European Agency for Safety and Health at Work, Bilbao, Spain

Harmonising OELs and DNELs at European Level - a position paper reflecting the results at the OEL-conference in Dortmund (PDF, 42KB)
F. Kalberlah, FoBiG, Forschungs- und Beratungsinstitut Gefahrstoffe GmbH, Freiburg, Germany

Poster

Comparison of default assessment factors in the derivation of OELs and DNELs (PDF, 655KB)
F. Kalberlah, FoBiG, Forschungs- und Beratungsinstitut Gefahrstoffe GmbH, Freiburg, Germany

The system of establishing MAC values in Poland (PDF, 297KB)
Jolanta Skowroń Ph. D., Małgorzata Pośniak Ph. D., Central Institute for Labour Protection - National Research Institute (CIOP-PIB), Warsaw, Poland

Deriving Surrogate DNELs for Preparations under the Scope of REACH (PDF, 113KB)
D. Keller, W. Aulmann, Henkel KGaA, Düsseldorf, Germany

Hazardous substances in the recycling industry: Recycling of motor vehicles and electronic scrap (PDF, 565KB)
Ländermessstellen für chemischen Arbeitsschutz und BAuA, Germany

Entwicklung eines probabilistischen Modells zur Wirkungsabschätzung für Schadstoffe am Arbeitsplatz (PDF, 1MB)
K. Schneider¹, M. Hassauer¹, J. Oltmanns¹, E. Elmshäuser², O. Mosbach-Schulz², U. Schuhmacher-Wolz¹
¹) FoBiG, Forschungs- und Beratungsinstitut Gefahrstoffe GmbH, Freiburg, Germany
²) Institut für Statistik, Risikoforschung, Umwelt und Gesundheit, Universität Bremen, Germany

Links and Literature

Links and Literature - Selected further information sources (PDF, 84KB)

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