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Setting the Limit

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Sven Ove HanssonProfessor of Philosophy

ISBN13: 9780195121605
ISBN: 0195121600
Published: September 1999
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Format: Hardback
Price: Out of print

Do occupational exposure limits really protect workers from chemical hazards? This text gives an in-depth analysis of three sets of exposure limits: the ACGIH list from the United States, which has a world-wide influence; and the official lists of Germany and Sweden, which are both unusually well-documented. A detailed study of the extensive toxicological documentation offered for these lists makes it possible to calculate the safety margins implicit in the exposure limits. The author finds that the outcome of this analysis is disquieting. Even for the Swedish list, which has the lowest values in the Western world, safety margins are often small or non-existent. He proposes new ways to organize exposure limits and to evaluate toxicological data for regulatory purposes.;The text is intended for policy makers, occupational and environmental health specialists and toxicologists.

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1. Regulating the unknown; 2. The most influential values; 3. Purely health-base values?; 4. The lowest values; 5. Setting the Limit; Appendix A: How to compare exposure limits; Appendix B: Glossary of scintific terms