Are occupational exposure limits still an effective tool for chemicals risk management at the work place?
2010 (English)In: Toxicology Letters, ISSN 0378-4274, E-ISSN 1879-3169, Vol. 196, S101- p.Article in journal, Meeting abstract (Refereed) Published
Chemicals in the occupational setting are well known to pose a variety of health risks to workers, and are accordingly subject to risk management measures. In Sweden, as well as many other countries, occupational exposure limits (OELs) are presented as an important tool for managing chemical risks. However, measurements to ensure compliance with OELs have decreased significantly and the question is to what extent the OELs still perform their function, and through which mechanisms. By performing interviews at a number of different workplaces in Sweden, that handle chemicals, we will try to identify regulatory, social and organizational factors that influence the risk perception and communication at workplaces and also investigate the role played by OELs in these processes. Previous research on risk management at the workplace has often been focused on physical risks or accident prevention. We believe that the management, communication and perception of chemical risks differ significantly in their nature from most physical risks, since exposures to harmful chemicals generally lead to delayed and unpredictable effects and individuals tend to estimate risks with delayed effects lower than if the consequences are immediate.
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2010. Vol. 196, S101- p.
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-86920DOI: 10.1016/j.toxlet.2010.03.363ISI: 000208471300309OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-86920DiVA: diva2:501161
QC 201204202012-02-132012-02-132013-06-11Bibliographically approved