The European Chemicals Agency has launched a call for evidence on cadmium and its inorganic compounds, as well as asbestos.
It has been tasked by the European Commission to assess the option of an airborne occupational exposure limit (OEL), and/or a combination of an airborne occupational exposure limit and a biological monitoring value for cadmium and its inorganic compounds, based on their possible equal effectiveness in protecting the health of workers.
It will also review the current OEL, which imposes on employers the obligation to ensure that no worker is exposed to airborne concentration of asbestos in excess of 0.1 fibres per cm3 as an eight-hour time-weighted average.
The scientific evaluations of exposure limits are used to support the regulatory initiatives on occupational exposure limit values for the protection of workers from chemical risks. In order to inform the draft scientific reports, they are seeking information in relation to:
- health effects
- modes of action.
The call for evidence is open to respondents until 2 June.
This article was supplied by legal experts Cedrec.