In support of the forthcoming European Commission proposal on amending the Carcinogens and Mutagens Directive (CMD) 2004/37/EC, the ACSH has adopted three new opinions on EU Binding Occupational Exposure Limits (BOELs). An 8-hour limit value of 1 mg/m3 and a short-term [presumably 15-minute] limit of 4 mg/m3 have been agreed for acrylonitrile. For benzene, an 8-hour limit of 0.66 mg/m3 has been set, but will only come into force 4 years after the implementation of the revised directive (an interim BOEL of 1.65 mg/m3 will come into force after 2 years). The ACSH also advises that the EC should start an assessment on the feasibility of a further reduction of the BOEL, by 2028. Regarding nickel and nickel compounds, 8-hour limit values of 0.01 mg/m3 (respirable fraction, as nickel) and 0.05 mg/m3 (inhalable fraction, as nickel) were recommended, applying from 17 January 2025.

Advisory Committee on Safety and Health at Work (2019). Opinions on an EU Binding Occupational Exposure Limit Value (BOEL) under the Carcinogens and Mutagens Directive 2004/37/EC: Acrylonitrile. https://circabc.europa.eu/sd/a/df365d23-26f3-4266-8a55-4b60f631506e/Doc.1050-19-EN%20ACSH%20WPC_CMD__Opinion_acrylonitrile%20Adopted%2004062019.pdf

Benzene. https://circabc.europa.eu/sd/a/b28832c6-8cc6-4a6c-b966-986211b180fc/Doc.1056-19-EN-ACSH%20CMD_Opinion_benzene%20Adoped%2004062019.pdf

Nickel and nickel compounds. https://circabc.europa.eu/sd/a/4748ba6a-59aa-4349-9baa-f85dc59a4ed3/Doc.1054-19-EN_ACSH%20WPC_CMD_draft_Opinion_nickel%20rev-clean.pdf

 

The above items were taken from the July 2019 issue of Toxicology and Regulatory News which is sent automatically to members of bibra.

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