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An overall strategy on the protection of workers from the risks related to exposure to chemical , physical and biological agents at work is laid down in the framework Directive 80/1107/EEC, which established provisions of a general nature and envisaged individual directives on agents such as asbestos, lead, noise. In order to keep exposure of workers to agents as low as reasonably achievable, the establishment of limit values constitutes an important element. In an amending directive (88/642/EEC) the Council states that, with regard to the agents referred to in Annex I to Directive 80/1107/EEC, the compulsory limit values would continue to be laid down by Council directives. For agents other than those mentioned in Annex I (such as phyllosilicates) indicative limit values will be established and laid down by Commission directives. In order to prepare the proposals for the limit values, the Commission will set up a Scientific Committee responsible for the evaluation of the data available for the various agents. Data on limit values already existing in the Member States, will be taken into account.

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Authors: DE SMEDT M, CEC (LU)
Bibliographic Reference: Paper presented: First International Conference on Health Related Effects of Phyllosilicates, Paris (FR), March 16-18, 1989
Availability: Available from (1) as Paper EN 34751 ORA
Record Number: 198910658 / Last updated on: 1994-12-01
Original language: en
Available languages: en
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