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Document ID (ISN)103571
CIS number 04-642
ISBN(s) 2-551-22594-9
Year 2004
Convention or series no. Etudes et Recherches R-386
Author(s) Goyer N., Perrault G., Beaudry C., Bégin D., Bouchard M., Carrier G., Gérin M., Lefebvre P., Noisel N.
Title Impacts of the lowering of the permissible exposure value for formaldehyde
Original title Impacts d'un abaissement de la valeur d'exposition admissible au formaldéhyde [in French]
Bibliographic information Institut de recherche en santé et en sécurité du travail du Québec (IRSST), 505 boul. de Maisonneuve Ouest, Montreal (Quebec) H3A 3C2, Canada, 2004. vi, 99p. Illus. 94 ref. Price: CAD 8.56. Downloadable version (PDF format) free of charge.
Internet access http://www.irsst.qc.ca/files/documents/PubIRSST/R-386.pdf [in French]
Abstract The objective of this research programme was to evaluate the socio-economic and health impacts of lowering the current maximum permissible exposure level for formaldehyde of 2ppm to one of the values of 1.0, 0.75 or 0.3ppm, either as maximum or 8-hr time-weighted average values. The gains for workers' health and the costs and economic advantages for enterprises were evaluated. An approach combining expertise with a classic industrial hygiene approach was adopted in order to develop a matrix linking activity sectors and formaldehyde exposure concentrations. The addition of data on workstations and emission sources made it possible to consolidate the results obtained by sector, manpower and distribution of exposed workers. This project has also resulted in the acquisition of knowledge on a large number of economic activity sectors in Quebec as well as expertise on the evaluation of occupational health and safety impacts. Results for various sectors of activity are published in a series of reports (see also CIS 04-643 to 04-651 and CIS 04-653 to 04-655).
Descriptors (primary) threshold limit values; formaldehyde; Quebec; job-exposure relation; economic aspects; exposure evaluation; health hazards; permissible levels
Descriptors (secondary) Canada; legislation; report
Document type E - Books, reports, proceedings
Country / State or ProvinceCanada
Subject(s) Toxic and dangerous substances
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Browse category(ies) Economic aspects
Aldehydes
Occupational exposure limits
Exposure evaluation