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05/07/2001 ACTS/AG/2/2001

HSC Advisory Committee on Toxic Substances Agenda - ACTS/AG/2/2001 - 26th July 2001

The 75th meeting of the Advisory Committee on Toxic Substances, held on Thursday 26th July 2001 at 10.45am in the Globe Room, Rose Court, 2 Southwark Bridge Road, London, SE1 9HS.


Agenda

1. Proposals for revised/new Maximum Exposure Limits (MELs) and Occupational Exposure Standards (OESs) - Feedback on CD166 &CD168 - ACTS/16/2001

[This paper reports on the outcome of the public consultation on substances included in CD166 (ACTS/33/2000) and CD168 (the Piperazine MEL CD - ACTS/01/2001). This paper asks ACTS to endorse recommendations for submission to HSC.]

ACTS endorsed the list of OEL proposals in Annex 1, for onward submission to HSC, including the existing STEL OES for ethylbenzene and WATCHs OES proposals for 4-methylpentan-2-one. ACTS also asked HSE to provide SCOEL with WATCHs views on 4-methylpentan-2-one.

2. EH40/2002 - ACTS/17/2001

[This paper asks ACTS to endorse recommendations for the content, format and publication date of EH40/2002, including the new/revised OELs outlined in ACTS/16/2001, for submission to HSC.]

ACTS endorsed recommendations for the content, format and publication date of EH40/2002, including the new/revised OELs outlined in ACTS/16/2001, for submission to HSC.

3. Proposals for reducing the incidence of occupational asthma - ACTS/18/2001

[This paper reports on the outcome of the public consultation on proposals for reducing the incidence of occupational asthma (CD164), and asks ACTS to endorse recommendations for submission to HSC.]

ACTS endorsed the proposal in the paper for reducing the incidence of Occupational Asthma for submission to HSC. Subject to HSCs views, ACTS also agreed that progress on the proposals should be reviewed annually.

4. Sulphuric Acid - ACTS/19/2001

[This paper asks ACTS to endorse recommendations for the withdrawal of the OES for sulphuric acid and the issuing of a Chemical Hazard alert Notice for that substance.]

ACTS agreed to the withdrawal of the OES and the issuing of a CHAN.

ACTS agreed to a Press Notice and targeting of the CHAN to raise its profile.

5. Urinary Cytology Screening - ACTS/20/2001

[This paper asks ACTS to endorse recommendations for a policy on Urinary Cytology Screening prior to submission to HSC.]

ACTS agreed that, on balance, the paper offered the right advice and should be submitted to HSC for approval.

6. Dioxins - ACTS/21/2001

[This paper reports back on the HSE preliminary survey of workplace exposure to Dioxins and suggests possible next steps]

ACTS noted the potential for occupational exposure to dioxin; endorsed proposals to further investigate occupational exposure to dioxins during landfill with contaminated ash and at incinerators; and endorsed proposals to produce guidance as set out in the paper. HSE would investigate the possibilities of issuing a CHAN and establishing a MEL and report to ACTS in March 2002.

7. 3 Rs programme - presentation of 1st stage results - ACTS/22/2001

[This paper updates ACTS on progress with the 3Rs programme ('Getting the Right Information to the Right People in the Right Way')]

ACTS members noted the presentation. They asked for a copy of the review paper on the first stages of the programme, to be made available to them by HSE.

8. Briefing on the work of SCHIP - ACTS/23/2001

[This paper sets the scene for a short presentation on the work of SCHIP.]

This item was not tabled at the meeting. Instead a written briefing on the work of SCHIP will be circulated to ACTS members for their information.

9. Revitalising Strategy Statement and the Occupational Health Strategy Securing Health Together - Further Follow Up Paper - ACTS/24/2001

[This paper outlines a suggested action plan in the light of the discussion at the meeting on 29 March (ACTS/06/2001).]

Members endorsed ACTS participation in the Revitalising and the Strategy Securing Health Together initiatives and agreed that as a priority, it should look at ensuring messages to workers about how to properly manage risks from toxic substances are communicated effectively.

10. Dichloromethane - ACTS/25/2001

[This paper outlines options for future action on this substance and seeks a decision from ACTS.]

ACTS members agreed to retain the current MEL for dichloromethane and asked HSE to advise HSC that WATCH did not consider dichloromethane a carcinogen and that the decision had not been based on the available science.

11. Secretary's Report and matters arising - ACTS/26/2001

[To note matters arising from the 74th meeting of ACTS]

ACTS members noted the paper and the associated oral update provided by the ACTS Secretariat. ACTS members also agreed the Minutes of the 74th meeting held on 29 March 2001. An ACTS member highlighted a missing sentence at the end of paragraph 4.4. HSE agreed to circulate a revised version of the minutes with this sentence included.

12. Current Developments - ACTS/27/2001

[To note matters of general interest in the area of toxic substances not covered elsewhere in the agenda]

The current developments paper was not discussed at the meeting. ACTS members were invited to submit any comments in writing to HSE.

INFORMATION PAPERS

13. COSHH Essentials User Evaluation Survey - ACTS/28/2001 INF

[This paper reports to ACTS on the outcome of a recent survey of COSHH Essentials users.]

ACTS noted the paper and members were invited to provide any comments.

14. European Risk Management Advisory Group (ERMAG)- ACTS/29/2001 INF

[This paper reports on the current work of ERMAG]

ACTS noted the paper.

15. Report from WATCH - ACTS/30/2001 INF

[Report of the meeting held on 16 May 2001]

ACTS noted the paper.

ACTS Secretariat
July 2001


First published on the HSE website 5 July 2001; decisions added 25 July 2002

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