The OEL proposal: what’s new?
On March 13th 2023, a new proposal for Occupational exposure limits (OEL) has been published, modifying the preexisting entries for “Inorganic lead and its compounds” reported in Directive 2004/37/EC and introducing OEL values for “Diisocyanates” in Directive 98/24/EC for the first time.
For Inorganic lead, the proposal aims to lower the Occupational exposure limit from 0,15 mg/m3 to 0,03 mg/m³ with no transitional measures.
For Diisocyanates, the proposed Occupational exposure limits are a long term value (TWA) of 0,6 µg/m³ and a short term value (STEL) of 12 µg/m³.
However, this proposal also foresees the presence of transitional limits (transitional TWA of 10 µg/m³ and a STEL 20 µg/m³) which can be applies until December 31st 2028, allowing employers to obtain the technical means required to measure of such a value and give them the time to implement risk management measures, in particular in downstream sectors.
Should this proposal be accepted, the Member States will have two years from the date of its entry into force to transpose it. Selerant is monitoring the situation and will update you regarding what may concern the Selerant suites.
To read the full text of Directive Proposal, please follow the link: