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 choosen and is used below in a general way, without having the intention to replace other existing limit- 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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