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European Commission Directive under the Chemical Agents Directive 98/24/EC to establish a First Consolidated List of Indicative Occupational Exposure Limit Values at European Community level

Indicative Occupational Exposure Limit Values (IOELVs) are concentrations of a hazardous substance in air proposed by the European Commission under the framework of the Chemical Agents Directive (CAD). Member States are obliged to introduce an occupational exposure limit (OEL) for these substances in accordance with national legislation and practice that takes the IOELV into account.

REACH

REACH is a European Union regulation concerning the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and restriction of Chemicals. It came into force on 1st June 2007 and replaced a number of European Directives and Regulations with a single system.

Aims

REACH has several aims:

To provide a high level of protection of human health and the environment from the use of chemicals.
To make the people who place chemicals on the market (manufacturers and importers responsible for understanding and managing the risks associated with their use.)
To allow the free movement of substances on the EU market.
To enhance innovation in and the competitiveness of the EU chemicals industry.
To promote the use of alternative methods for the assessment of the hazardous properties of substances e.g. quantitative structure-activity relationships (QSAR) and read across.

Scope and exemptions
REACH applies to substances manufactured or imported into the EU in quantities of 1 tonne or more per year. Generally, it applies to all individual chemical substances on their own, in preparations or in articles (if the substance is intended to be released during normal and reasonably foreseeable conditions of use from an article).

Some substances are specifically excluded:

Radioactive substances
Substances under customs supervision
The transport of substances
Non-isolated intermediates
Waste
Some naturally occurring low-hazard substances
Some substances, covered by more specific legislation, have tailored provisions, including:

Human and veterinary medicines
Food and foodstuff additives
Plant protection products and biocides

Other substances have tailored provisions within the REACH legislation, as long they are used in specified conditions:

Isolated intermediates
Substances used for research and development

European Commission Directive 2000/39/EC establishing a first list of Indicative Occupational Exposure Limit Values at European Community level in implementation of Council Directive 98/24/EC on the protection of the health and safety of workers from the risks related to chemical agents at work

Indicative Occupational Exposure Limit Values (IOELVs) are concentrations of a hazardous substance in air proposed by the European Commission under the framework of the Chemical Agents Directive (CAD). Member States are obliged to introduce an occupational exposure limit (OEL) for these substances in accordance with national legislation and practice that takes the IOELV into account.

The first IOELV Directive (2000/39/EC) was due to be implemented by 31 December 2001 and listed 63 substances.

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