Biological monitoring and Biological Limit Values (BLV): The strategy of the European Union

Bolt, H. M. and Thier, R. (2006) Biological monitoring and Biological Limit Values (BLV): The strategy of the European Union. Toxicology Letters, 162 2-3: 119-124.


Author Bolt, H. M.
Thier, R.
Title Biological monitoring and Biological Limit Values (BLV): The strategy of the European Union
Journal name Toxicology Letters   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0378-4274
Publication date 2006
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.toxlet.2005.09.015
Volume 162
Issue 2-3
Start page 119
End page 124
Total pages 6
Editor J. P. Kehrer
W. Dekant
Place of publication Clare
Publisher Elsevier Ireland Ltd
Collection year 2006
Language eng
Subject C1
321201 Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety
321213 Human Bioethics
730208 Occupational health (excl. economic development aspects)
Abstract Occupational standards concerning allowable concentrations of chemical compounds in the ambient air of workplaces have been established in several countries worldwide. With the integration of the European Union (EU), there has been a need of establishing harmonised Occupational Exposure Limits (OEL). The European Commission Directive 95/320/EC of 12 July 1995 has given the tasks to a Scientific Committee for Occupational Exposure Limits (SCOEL) to propose, based on scientific data and where appropriate, occupational limit values which may include the 8-h time-weighted average (TWA), short-term limits/excursion limits (STEL) and Biological Limit Values (BLVs). In 2000, the European Union issued a list of 62 chemical substances with Occupational Exposure Limits. Of these, 25 substances received a skin notation, indicating that toxicologically significant amounts may be taken up via the skin. For such substances, monitoring of concentrations in ambient air may not be sufficient, and biological monitoring strategies appear of potential importance in the medical surveillance of exposed workers. Recent progress has been made with respect to formulation of a strategy related to health-based BLVs. (c) 2005 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.
Keyword Biological Exposure Limits
Biological Monitoring
European Union
Occupational Exposure Limits
Toxicology
Q-Index Code C1

 
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