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Methods for assessing exposure to chemical agents at the workplace

The European Commission, DG V, has prepared a book outlining "Methods for the assessment of exposure to chemical agents at the workplace". Such assessment is of primary importance for risk management in the working environment, and the book aims to contribute to the establishm...
The European Commission, DG V, has prepared a book outlining "Methods for the assessment of exposure to chemical agents at the workplace". Such assessment is of primary importance for risk management in the working environment, and the book aims to contribute to the establishment of objective standards across the EU as a whole.

Limit values for exposure to chemical agents need to be set at appropriate levels in order to protect workers' health whilst not damaging firms economically. In order to ensure limit values are set at appropriate levels, it is essential to have reliable data: on the chemical agent itself, on current exposure levels, and on the behaviour of chemical agents in the body.

The worst problems in data reliability tend, however, to stem from the wide variability of exposure patterns at the workplace, with measurements often deviating substantially from average workplace concentrations. The report aims to establish standards for reliable datasets which may be applied across the EU. After examining existing datasets, it outlines the problems existing, and proposes a number of solutions, including recommendations for improving the quality of future exposure data.
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