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Document ID (ISN)76077
CIS number 01-146
ISSN - Serial title 0340-0131 - International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health
Year 1999
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Kiilunen M.
Title Biomonitoring action levels in Finland
Bibliographic information July 1999, Vol.72, No.4, p.261-267. 26 ref.
Abstract In Finland, biomonitoring action levels (BAL) have been set since the 1970s. There are different ways of setting these BALs. The value for blood lead is based on legislation. Exposure limits have been set on the basis of the indicative values for carbon disulfide, ethylene, benzene, toluene and phenol. The number of BALs set by the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health (FIOH) has increased year by year, and there are now BAL values for more than 36 different chemicals or chemical groups. The Institute annually publishes a booklet with the latest information about the biomonitoring tests, sample collection and limit values. The booklet is also available in English as a web version (
Descriptors (primary) Finland; exposure tests; biological threshold limits; chemical products
Descriptors (secondary) public OSH institutions; expectant mothers; nursing mothers; determination of concentration; determination in blood; determination in urine; legislation
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceFinland
Subject(s) Toxic and dangerous substances
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Browse category(ies) Occupational exposure limits
Biological monitoring