NEWS: New workplace exposure limits for diesel exhaust proposed

HSE is consulting on new exposure limit values for thirty-one chemical substances to help protect workers from ill-health effects from exposure to hazardous substances in the workplace.

There are at least 14 agents proposed to carry work exposure limits for the first time, including nitrogen monoxide (NO) which commonly arises in the tunnelling industry from diesel engine exhaust emissions.

The proposal implements EU directive 2017/164, introduced in January this year. It covers the ‘Indicative Occupational Exposure Limit Values’ (IOELVs) for various hazardous substances.

Member states are required to transpose the Directive by 21st August 2018, the document stating that 'until exit negotiations are concluded, the UK remains a full member of the European Union and all the rights and obligations of EU membership remain in force.'

The consultation began on 10 November 2017 and ends on 2 February 2018.

To respond, visit HSE's website here