For several years, the role of deriving Occupational Exposure Limits (OELs) has been moving more and more from government to industry. This is leading to an increased responsibility for companies working with hazardous substances, as the number of chemicals rather increases than decreases.
Caesar Consult assists companies and other organizations in the derivation and evaluation of exposure limits for dangerous substances and mixtures. These limits can be both air and biological values. We also take a critical look at work of third parties regularly.
Monitoring the exposure to Sevoflurane on an outpatient operating room of a regional hospital.
For carcinogenic and reprotoxic substances, additional rules exist compared to regular substances. The emphasis lays on replacement. When replacement is not possible, registration and monitoring of the occupational exposure need a high level of attention. These obligations apply to all CMR substances (Carcinigenic, Mutagenic, and Reprotoxic).
Some of the CMR substances to which exposure may occur regularly: asbestos, benzene, dioxins, ethanol, methanol, PAH.
The government anually publishes a complete list of CMR substances and processes in the ‘Staatscourant’. The list of 2012 can be downloaded below.
Caesar Consult can help you properly with identification, measurements, and elimination of exposure to the substances and health related risks. Please feel free to contact us.
While the use of asbestos was banned in 1993, exposure (both environmental and occupational) to it still occurs due to renovation of buildings, repairing of ships, soil decontamination, and the presence of asbestos in the environment.
The most common health effects of exposure to asbestos are pleural and peritoneal cancer (mesothelioma) and lung cancer. Recently, the Dutch Health Council (GR) reassessed the studies aimed at the relation between asbestos exposure and cancer (see www.gr.nl).
NVvA Symposium, Zeist – Development of a new assessment tool for exposure to welding fumes (Conference presentation, in Dutch)