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Document ID (ISN)54135
CIS number 90-1304
ISBN(s) 90-5307-037-0
Year 1989
Convention or series no. Arbeidsinspectie RA 6/89
Werkgroep van Deskundigen ter vaststelling van MAC-waarden (Dutch Expert Committee for Occupational Standards)
Title Report on a health-based occupational exposure limit for ethylene oxide
Original title Rapport inzake grenswaarde ethyleenoxide [in Dutch]
Bibliographic information Department of Social Affairs and Employment, Directorate-General of Labour (Ministerie van Sociale Zaken en Werkgelegenheid, Directoraat-Generaal van de Arbeid), Postbus 69, 2270 MA Voorburg, Netherlands, 1989. 21p. 9 ref.
Abstract This report contains data on ethylene oxide: chemical and physical properties, occurrence and applications, environmental and biological monitoring, toxicokinetics; toxicity; current exposure limits in the Netherlands and other countries. In view of the genotoxic effects of ethylene oxide, no advice could be given on an occupational exposure level that would prevent all health hazards. Using a linear model of extrapolation the risk of cancer is calculated for various exposure levels (exposure during the whole working life): exposure level of 0.5ppm (8h TWA): risk 4 x 10-3; exposure level of 12.5ppb: risk 1 x 10-4; exposure level of 0.125ppb: risk 1 x 10-6.
Descriptors (primary) threshold limit values; ethylene oxide; Netherlands
Descriptors (secondary) toxicity evaluation; report
Document type E - Books, reports, proceedings
Subject(s) Toxic and dangerous substances
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Browse category(ies) Occupational exposure limits
Ethylene oxide