HSE Consultation (CD283) on the implementation of new and revised Workplace Exposure Limits

  • Issuer: HSE
  • Ends on: 16/01/2018
  • Status:

    Ended

About this consultation

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is consulting on the implementation of new and revised Indicative Occupational Exposure Limit Values (IOELVs) for thirty-one chemical substances to help protect workers from the ill-health effects of exposure to hazardous substances in the workplace. This implementation of Directive 2017/164/EU introduces this as the 4th list of IOELVs.

This consultation relates to the IOSH collective response to the HSE regarding the above changes.

Background

This consultation relates to the implementation of Directive 2017/164/EU introducing the 4th list of Indicative Occupational Exposure Limit Values (IOELVs) for thirty-one chemical substances to help protect workers from the ill-health effects of exposure to hazardous substances in the workplace. This is known as the 4th IOELV Directive.

The 4th IOELV Directive was adopted by the Commission on 31 January 2017. This Consultative Document sets out the Health and Safety Executive’s (HSE’s) proposals for establishing Workplace Exposure Limits (WELs) for the substances listed in the Directive, in order to implement it in Great Britain.

Proposed changes

The HSE are proposing that out of the thirty-one chemical substances within the consultation and based on impact assessment, six will be likely to have a known impact on industry.

For the six substances listed below, information from the Scientific Committee on Occupational Exposure Limits (SCOEL) consultation and the informal consultation by HSE suggests the new limits are likely to lead to additional costs.

  • 2-ethylhexan-1-ol
  • Carbon monoxide
  • Manganese and inorganic manganese compounds (as manganese)
  • Nitrogen dioxide (NO2)
  • Nitrogen monoxide (sometimes known as nitric oxide)
  • Sulphur Dioxide

Likely industries to be affected by the proposed changes for the above six substances:

  • Construction
  • Engineering
  • Manufacturing (foundries, steel making, chemical manufacturing, welding and fabrication)
  • Motor Vehicles and Transport (diesel and petrol fuels)
  • Food and Drinks Industry
  • Mining and Tunnelling
  • Agriculture
  • Pharmaceuticals and Chemical Manufacturing
  • Energy Production (Coal)

A summary of the proposed changes to WEL to the thirty-one substances is documented on this table.

The EU via the 4th IOELV Directive are looking to introduce transitional periods for three substances, nitrogen monoxide (NO), nitrogen dioxide and carbon monoxide within the underground mining and tunnelling industries only.

The HSE propose a limit for NO of 30 mg/m3 – 25 ppm as an 8 hr TWA is proposed as an interim limit for the underground mining and tunnelling industries only. This value will be applicable from 21st August 2018 and will remain in place until the end of the five-year extended transitional period for the underground mining and tunnelling industries ending on 21st August 2023, when the lower value of 2.5 mg/m3 – 2ppm for NO will be applied.

The new lower value of 2.5 mg/m3 – 2ppm for NO as established by the 4th Indicative Occupational Exposure Limit Values (IOELV) Directive will apply to all other sectors from 21st August 2018.

We would appreciate member’s comments on the proposed transitional periods for only three substances within one industry (please see paragraphs 18 – 22 of the consultation document).

Consultation questions

To respond to this consultation the HSE's require as part of their consultation process, please download and fill in the attached form here and send your responses to consultation@iosh.co.uk by 15 January 2018. This would be our preferred response from our members, as we can suitably reference you as a contributor to the IOSH consultative response in appreciation of your collaboration and input. Thank you.

IOSH members wishing to also respond individually to the HSE should visit here and respond to them by 02 February 18.