ECHA Committee for Risk Assessment (RAC) on Cadmium exposure

The European Chemical Society attended the Committee for Risk Assessment (RAC) online meetings of the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) in November and December 2020.

Many topics were discussed, including the Occupational Exposure Limits (OEL) assessments. Special attention was given to the first draft opinion and the report on the scientific evaluation of limits values for Cadmium and its inorganic compounds at the workplace. It takes into account the cumulative Cadmium exposure from all sources (inhalation, food, hand to mouth, dermal) and discusses how to protect workers, also after their occupational career. RAC discussed uncertainties concerning setting an air limit value but supported the value of 0,001 mg/m3 (inhalable fraction) as a starting point, currently set in the Carcinogens and Mutagens Directive. More justification on the air limit value would need to be inserted in the final opinion. Further discussion and agreement on the values (OEL and BLV) is foreseen at the next RAC meeting.

RAC also discussed restrictions on undecafluorohexanoic acid (PFHxA) and classification of Bisphenol S.

Read more about it RAC-55 meetings here.

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