The OECD releases a Guidance Document on Occupational Biomonitoring. This is the final product of the OECD Occupational Biomonitoring Project that (i) presents current approaches used to derive biomonitoring values and (ii) provides globally harmonised recommendations on how-to derive and apply occupational biomonitoring assessment values. This guidance document is relevant for Occupational Health Professionals (OHP*) and occupational safety and health (OSH*) specialists, regulatory authorities, chemical industries, researchers, as well as stakeholders interested in addressing occupational and general population biomonitoring.
INTRODUCTION TO THE OECD OCCUPATIONAL BIOMONITORING PROJECT
Biomonitoring is of relevance for several OECD member and partner countries as a measure of internal exposure or effect. It is especially efficient in assessing exposures from multiple routes, i.e. inhalation, oral and dermal exposure pathways. This project is focused on improving methods for deriving health-based human biomarker values (BMGV, BLV, DNELbiomarker). Such biomarker values can be used to interpret measured levels of biomarkers in a risk assessment context. During this project, the term OBL (Occupational Biomonitoring Level) was chosen and is used below in a general way, without having the intention to replace other existing limits - or guidance values.
Biomonitoring requires little field equipment and can be an inexpensive method in monitoring workers' exposures compared to ambient air monitoring or dermal exposure monitoring. This is of global interest for workplace safety. This project aims to provide harmonised guidance for:
THE AIMS OF THE OECD OCCUPATIONAL BIOMONITORING PROJECT
PARTICIPATING INSTITUTES AND ORGANISATIONS
This project is being led by Belgium, Finland, Germany and Switzerland with the participation of 38 institutes/organisations on the expert group and overseen by the OECD Working Party on Hazard Assessment and the Working Party on Exposure Assessment.
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