In April and June of this year we presented the newly derived draft kick-off levels at conferences of professional associations of occupational hygienists in the Netherlands, Great Britain and the United States. Also, we posted the draft kick-off levels on our website. The draft kick-off levels are recalculated with H-phrases instead of R-phrases. New classifications of risk categories, based on H-statements, are also applied.
We have stated that the new kick-off levels should be seen as a concept and that all comments are welcome. The comments period will close on December 1, 2014. The received comments will then be processed into the publications that we are currently working on, and also in the next update (2015-01), which will appear early January 2015.
So, if you still want to add comments, please do so before December 1, 2014 via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The kick-off values have been given a clear place in the Dutch OEL policy in the last years. In recent months we have been working on a reassessment of the original kick-off values from 2005. This has led to the publication of new draft kick-off values in 2014 (see: http://www.dohsbase.nl/en/content-2-2-2/draft-kick-off-values-2014/). In the months of April and June, the new kick-off values will be publicly discussed at three associations for occupational hygiene in the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and the United States.
The first time will be at the conference of the Dutch Occupational Hygiene Society (NVvA; www.arbeidshygiene.nl) on April 2 and 3, 2014. Secondly, at the conference of the British Occupational Hygiene Society (BOHS, www.bohs.org) on April 8 to 10, 2014. And finally in the United States during the AIHCe (a joint conference of ACGIH and AIHA, www.aihce.org).
Following these discussions, we will use the comments and improvement of our colleagues in finalizing the the kick-off values 2014 to final adoption.