Occupational exposure limit

Occupational exposure limit

An occupational exposure limit is an upper limit on the acceptable concentration of a hazardous substance in workplace air for a particular material or class of materials. It is typically set by competent national authorities and enforced by legislation to protect occupational safety and health. It can be a tool in risk assessment and in the management of activities involving handling of dangerous substances.[1]. There are many dangerous substances for which there are no formal occupational exposure limits. In these cases, control banding strategies can be used to ensure safe handling.


  1. ^ European Agency for Safety and Health at Work. "Occupational Exposure Limits". http://osha.europa.eu/good_practice/topics/dangerous_substances/oel. Retrieved 2008-04-24. 


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