Request to the Committee for Risk Assessment (RAC) to provide an evaluation of occupational exposure limits (OELs) for nickel and its compounds, acrylonitrile and benzene

The Committee for Risk Assessment (RAC) requested ECHA (in their letter Ref. GL/ps ARES env.b.2(2017)1407647 of 8 March 2017) to evaluate the information already available and assess the most recent scientific information, in accordance with Directive 98/24/EC on the protection of the health and safety of workers from the risks related to chemical agents at work (CAD) and/or Directive 2004/37/EC on the protection of workers from the risks related to exposure to carcinogens or mutagens at work (CMD), on the chemical compounds: 4,4′- methylenebis[2-chloroaniline] (MOCA), arsenic acid and its inorganic salts, nickel and its compounds, acrylonitrile and benzene.

The purpose of this evaluation and assessment is to support the Commission, by providing scientific advice, in taking action on the Proposal to amend Directive 2004/37/EC (4th amendment). The RAC opinions provided shall include a recommendation to the Advisory Committee on Safety and Health at Work (ACSH) in line with the OSH legislative procedures and, on request of the Commission, the SCOEL-format in drafting their opinions shall be used and would need to be provided to the Commission by 26 March 2018. To this end, detailed timelines will be prepared and agreed with the Committee.

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