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Protecting Workers' Health, EU Lowers Lead Limit, Diisocyanate Limit First Appears


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2023-07-24

The European Council recently issued a statement expressing support for the proposal proposed by the European Commission at the beginning of the year to reduce the current occupational exposure limit for lead and introduce the limit for diisocyanate for the first time.

Research has shown that long-term exposure to lead can affect reproductive function and fetal development, as well as cause damage to the nervous system, kidneys, heart, and blood. To protect workers' health, the European Union has lowered the lead limit and made the first appearance of diisocyanate limits.


The European Council recently issued a statement expressing support for the proposal proposed by the European Commission at the beginning of the year to reduce the current occupational exposure limit for lead and introduce the limit for diisocyanate for the first time.


The European Union has established regulations to limit lead exposure. The revised proposal proposes to reduce the occupational exposure limit (OEL) of lead from 0.15 mg/m3 per cubic meter to 0.03 mg/m3, and to reduce the biological limit of lead from 70 µ g per 100 milliliters of blood to 15 µ g. In addition, the council recommends extending the transition period for the biological limit of lead to December 31, 2028, in order to give enterprises sufficient time to implement risk management measures and adjust production processes.


Diisocyanate is a chemical substance widely used in industry, especially in polyurethane manufacturing and curing agents for industrial paints, adhesives, varnishes, and resins. It may have harmful effects on respiratory health, such as causing asthma and other Respiratory disease. Skin contact may also cause systemic immune system effects. According to Article 2 (b) of Directive 98/24/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council, diisocyanates are considered hazardous chemicals. At present, there are no binding occupational or short-term exposure limits applicable to diisocyanates at the EU level. This proposal specifies for the first time the limit value for diisocyanates: their occupational exposure limit is 6 µ g NCO/m per cubic meter ³, The short-term exposure limit is 12 µ g NCO/m ³。 Given the current issue of technical measurement feasibility and the need for time adjustment to implement risk management measures, the proposal provides an occupational exposure limit of 10 µ g NCO/m per cubic meter ³  And short-term exposure limit of 20 µ g NCO/m ³  The transition period is applicable until December 31, 2028.


Subsequently, the proposal will be submitted to the European Parliament for negotiation, with the aim of reaching a temporary agreement on the revision of the directive.

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