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Preventing benzene’s adverse health effects: considerations in occupational exposure limit development


11 Sep 2019 14:30 to 18:30


Crowne Plaza Helsinki


Health & Consumers
Climate & Environment

Event Location


Event Description

The Cefic Aromatics Sector Group (APA) is organizing a symposium on benzene and its health effect, to be held on 11 September 2019, from 14:30 to 18:30, at the Crowne Plaza Helsinki – Hesperia hotel in Helsinki, Finland. Thanks to a better understanding of benzene’s health effects, several organisations have revised their recommendations for its occupational exposure limit (OEL), an upper limit on the acceptable concentration of a substance in workplace air. The event aims at sharing insights on how available human data can be interpreted to better understand benzene’s impacts on health in order to define a safe exposure level.

The event is targeted to stakeholders from academia, regulatory authorities and industry that work on the health and safety assessment of benzene.

The program of this symposium is the following
  • Speaker from academia on quality assessment of epidemiology studies. Speaker to be confirmed.
  • Speaker from RAC/ECHA on the process and derivation of an OEL for benzene in RAC (confirmed).
  • Rob Schnatter/Steve Williams (Penman consulting); industry study. Developing a benzene OEL using study quality assessment tools (confirmed).
  • William Tailler (DG Emp, Health and Safety): How to go from a scientific opinion to a legally binding OEL for Europe (confirmed).
  • Panel discussion and questions from audience.

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