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TITLE Bitumen (vapour and aerosol); Health-based recommended occupational exposure limit   200701OSH.pdf (1.01 MB)
Document ID LIB525
Document type Scientific advisory body opinion/advice
Issue date 13/02/2007
Document reference 978-90-5549-635-8
Original language of the document English
Full text available in EN (1.01 MB)
Document produced by Health Council of the Netherlands organisation visiting card
Document uploaded by Jeannette van Kan
Health Council of the Netherlands
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Short description  The Health Council has evaluated the effects of bitumen (vapour and aerosol), to identify at which occupational exposure levels health damage can arise. No safe upper limit can be determined because the available data are surrounded with a great many uncertainties. The Council does, however, see sufficient reason to classify bitumen as a suspected carcinogen in humans, with the comment that the carcinogenicity has been insufficiently investigated. This is equivalent to a Category 3 classification of the European Union. Within this category, the situation is the most comparable to subcategory b. This evaluation is the first step to defining statutory norms for occupational exposure by the Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment.
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At request of the Minister of Social Affairs and Employment, the Health Council of the Netherlands recommends health-based occupational exposure limits for the concentration of toxic substances in air in the workplace. These recommendations are made by the Council’s Dutch Expert Committee on Occupational Standards (DECOS). In this report, the committee discusses the consequences of occupati ...

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