|01||Guidance on the Assessment of Occupational Exposure to Metals Based on Monitoring Data (30 September 2016)||Download (PDF, 785 kB)|
Occupational exposure assessment is a crucial part of the human health risk assessment of chemicals. Besides appropriate modelling tools, measurements of actual exposure in the workplace and/or biomonitoring can be used in describing workplace exposure.
This guidance for the assessment of occupational exposure to metals and metal substances facilitates harmonised approaches in the generation and analysis of exposure data in the metals' industry. It covers the entire process of using measured data in exposure assessments including:
|(i)||the collection of samples (sampling strategy/methodology),|
|(ii)||their chemical analysis and|
|(iii)||the final evaluation and interpretation of data.|
Whereas monitoring data may be used for several purposes, the focus is on exposure assessments as required under REACH (Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006).
Most of the covered topics are applicable to metals and their substances in general. Where further specific guidance for individual metals and/or their compounds was available, reference is made to such documents in Chapter 4.
Eurometaux, the EU association of the non-ferrous metals industry: