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Commission Directive 2009/1611/EU establishing a third list of indicative occupational exposure limit values (IOELVs)

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On 17 December 2009, theropean Commission adopted a Directive (20009/161/EU) containing a third list of Indicative Occupational Exposure Limit Values (IOELVs) based on the recommendations of its Scientific Committee on Occupational Exposure Limits (SCOEL).

Main provisions

The Directive requires Member States to introduce domestic occupational exposure limits for the substances listed in the Annex to the Directive, taking account of the level of the IOELV for that substance.

There are 19 substances listed in the Annex.

Next steps

Member States have two years from the date of the adoption of the Directive, until 18 December 2011, in which to bring in implementing legislation. During 2011 the Health and Safety Executive will consult on the implementation of the Directive and the inclusion of new and revised Workplace Exposure Limits (WELs) in the HSE publication EH40.

Updated 2014-01-24