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OEL database: What can I find here?

This website provides information on Occupational Exposure Limits (OELs) for substances in the Netherlands. Here you will find:

The current public (i.e., statutory) OEL for a substance in the Netherlands. You can search for substances by:  

The current status of all public OELs that have either already been set or are under consideration in the Netherlands. For each substance, the following information is available: 

  • The present OEL, as set by the Minister or Deputy Minister for Social Affairs and Employment 
  • The stages completed to date in the procedure for setting a new or replacement OEL: 
  • OEL recommended to the Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment – date of publication of report submitted by the Council’s Subcommittee on OELs (Subcommittee on Limit Values in the Workplace, hereafter referred to as the OEL Subcommittee) 
  • OEL Subcommittee feasibility study – starting date and closing date for submitting information 
  • Health-based recommendation submitted – date of publication of report by the Dutch Health Council’s Expert Committee on Occupational Standards or the Scientific Committee for Occupational Exposure Limits (SCOEL) of the European Commission 
  • Inclusion in the Programme for Classification (which often leads to inclusion in the Working Programme for setting an OEL) – date 

Background information: 

OELs from around the EU (including recommendations by the SCOEL) and other European countries.

NB The database also includes OELs that were applicable as statutory or administrative OELs prior to 1 January 2007, but which expired upon the introduction of the new system on 1 January 2007. These OELs now fall within the private domain (see How is an OEL set in the Netherlands? ). Provided these are health-based OELs, they may serve as the basis for company OELs. 

While every effort has been made to ensure that the information in this database is correct, we cannot assume any responsibility or liability for the consequences of any errors or deficiencies.  

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