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TITLE Calcium oxide; Health-based recommended occupational exposure limit   calcium_oxide2.pdf (484 KB)
Document ID LIB418
Document type Scientific advisory body opinion/advice
Issue date 28/06/1905
Document reference 2006/08OSH
Original language of the document English
Document produced by Health Council of the Netherlands
Scientific domains
Policy domains
  • Health

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At the request of the minister of Social Affairs and Employment, the Health
Council of the Netherlands sets Health-Based Recommended Occupational
Exposure Limits (HBR-OEL) for chemical substances in the workplace. These
recommendations constitute the first step in a three-step procedure, which leads
to legally binding occupational exposure limits. In this report, the Health Council
discusses the consequences of occupational exposure to calcium oxide. The
Council’s conclusions are made on scientific papers published prior to April
2005.
Calcium oxide is a powdery substance, which is amongst others used in construction
and agriculture. Calcium oxide is a caustic compound, which reacts violently
and exothermically with water. Occupational exposure to calcium oxide
may therefore cause severe irritation of the skin, eyes, and mucous membranes.
Abstract (focusing on the key recommendations)  At the request of the minister of Social Affairs and Employment, the Health Council of the Netherlands sets Health-Based Recommended Occupational Exposure Limits (HBR-OEL) for chemical substances in the workplace. These recommendations constitute the first step in a three-step procedure, which leads to legally binding occupational exposure limits. In this report, the Health Council discusses the c ...

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