Comparing occupational exposure limits and European worker derived no effect levels for inhalation exposure to volatile organic compounds

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Haley & Aldrich

Mark Jackson 

Data and information for hundreds of substances are available on the European Chemical Agency website. Derived No Effect Levels (DNELs), or the level above which humans should not be exposed, exist for each such substance. This paper explores whether current DNELs have been developed with data and methods consistent with other authoritative bodies by comparing worker DNELs for a set of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) to limits set by European regulators and in the U.S. by OSHA and others. The paper concludes that the majority of worker DNELs for the selected compounds were lower than or equivalent to the limits set by the other bodies.

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