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Document ID (ISN)103573
CIS number 04-644
ISBN(s) 2-551-22596-5
Year 2004
Convention or series no. Etudes et Recherches RA2-386
Author(s) Perrault G., Baril M., Lefebvre P.
Title Impacts of the lowering of the permissible exposure value for formaldehyde - Costs of a respiratory protection programme
Original title Impacts d'un abaissement de la valeur d'exposition admissible au formaldéhyde - Coûts d'un programme de protection respiratoire [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. 18p. 5 ref. Price: CAD 5.35. Downloadable version (PDF format) free of charge.
Internet access [in French]
Abstract The objective of this study was to calculate the cost to enterprises of a lowering of threshold limit values for formaldehyde to levels that would require the implementation of a prevention plan, the adoption of technical preventive measures and the use of personal protective equipment. Based on hypotheses concerning occupational safety and heath organization, the size of enterprises and the number of exposed workers, the study concludes that the cost per worker would be CAD 656 for the first year and CAD 101 in subsequent years. This specific study was carried out within the framework of a large research programme aimed at evaluating the health and socio-economic impacts of lowering the current maximum permissible exposure value 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 (see also CIS 04-642, CIS 04-643, CIS 04-645 to 04-651 and CIS 04-653 to 04-655).
Descriptors (primary) threshold limit values; formaldehyde; exposure evaluation; permissible levels; economic aspects; Quebec
Descriptors (secondary) irritants; Canada; report; personal protective equipment; plant safety and health organization; legislation; determination in air; medical supervision; health hazards
Document type E - Books, reports, proceedings
Country / State or ProvinceCanada
Subject(s) Personal protection
Toxic and dangerous substances
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Browse category(ies) Economic aspects
Occupational exposure limits
Exposure evaluation