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French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety

Chemical risks

Biological limit values for chemicals used in the workplace

Published on 26/07/2017

Keywords : Occupational exposure limit values (OELVs), Chemical risks

Determining occupational exposure limits for chemicals requires different but complementary approaches that may involve measuring substances in the atmosphere of the work environment, measuring surface contamination of workstations and biomonitoring of workers, in other words monitoring biological markers which reflect worker exposure. Consequently, whenever ANSES considers it to be relevant, it may, in addition to atmospheric OELs, propose biological limit values which could be used for biological monitoring of exposure by occupational physicians.

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