A comparison of occupational exposure limits in Asia and Europe
2011 (English)In: Toxicology Letters, ISSN 0378-4274, E-ISSN 1879-3169, Vol. 205, S241-S241 p.Article in journal (Other academic) Published
Occupational exposure limits (OELs) are used as a risk management tool aiming at protecting against negative health effects due to occupational exposure to harmful substances. The systems of OELs development have not been standardized and the divergent outcomes have been reported. However some harmonization process has been initiated, primary in Europe. This study aims at analysis of the state of harmonization in a more global context. The OELs systems of eight Asian and seventeen European organizations are analyzed with respect to: (1) the information regarding each organization's system for determining OELs; (2) similarity of substance selection in each system; (3) similarity of value levels of OEL. The analysis shows that the majority of investigated organizations declare to be influenced by the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH) systems, what in many cases is empirically confirmed. The EU harmonization process is also reflected in results showing the trends of convergence within the EU. However, the comparisons of Asian and European organisations indicate that there is no obvious evidence that OELs are becoming globally harmonized.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2011. Vol. 205, S241-S241 p.
Pharmacology and Toxicology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-39015DOI: 10.1016/j.toxlet.2011.05.823ISI: 000293814500771OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-39015DiVA: diva2:439158