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Document ID (ISN)106706
CIS number 07-643
ISSN - Serial title 0949-8036 - Gefahrstoffe Reinhaltung der Luft
Year 2006
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Lichtenstein N., Jaschke M., Nies E., Möller A.
Title Basic principles for testing for the presence of harmful substances in hearing protectors
Original title Grundlagen für die Prüfung von Gehörschützern auf ihren Gehalt an Gefahrstoffen [in German]
Bibliographic information Apr. 2006, Vol.66, No.4, p.135-141. Illus. 25 ref.
Abstract Hearing protectors marketed in Germany may be awarded a certificate by the statutory accident insurance carrier (Berufsgenossenschaft) to indicate that they contain low concentrations of harmful substances such as arsenic, antimony, lead, tin, tin-organic compounds and phthalates. Suitable analytical procedures for the identification of these substances were selected and standardized by round-robin tests. Concentration limits were derived from current knowledge of the availability of the substances and their dermal absorption. For example the concentrations of arsenic, antimony and lead in hearing protectors may not exceed 25 mg/kg. The certificate was introduced in response to a report on the harmful substances contained in hearing protectors that caused many noise-exposed workers not to use them.
Descriptors (primary) hearing protection; metals; compliance tests; harmful substances; phthalates
Descriptors (secondary) compliance with exposure limits; Germany; chemical analysis; approval; permissible levels
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceGermany
Subject(s) Toxic and dangerous substances
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Browse category(ies) Labour inspection
Hearing protection
Phthalates
Esters and salts
Inorganic substances