The activity of the Interdepartmental Commission for Maximum Admissible Concentrations and Intensities for Agents Harmful to Health in the Working Environment
Jolanta Skowroń Ph.D.
The general aim of the task consisted in adapting national law to the resolutions of EC directives on the protection of workers against occupational risk related to exposure to chemical, physical and biological agents. While the task was carried out, nine meetings of the Interdepartmental Commission for Maximum Admissible Concentrations and Intensities for Agents Harmful to Health in the Working Environment took place and 10 motions were accepted to be presented to the relevant minister regarding changes in the list of MACs and MAIs of harmful to health agents in the working environment; other activities took place, too. Following motions, the resolutions of directives 2006/25/EC and 2009/161/EU were implemented into national law in the resolutions of the minister of labour and social policy on MACs and MAIs of agents harmful to health in the working environment. This task will make it possible to extend the list compared to the resolution of 2002 by 10 chemical substances, to verify current values for 12 chemical substances and to introduce changes in annex no. 2, part C "Microclimate, item 2 "Cold microclimate". Criteria for assessing exposure of workers at workstations were tightened for 20 chemical substances, whereas for three the MAC values were correlated with the values established for the EU. An obligation to monitor concentrations at workstations and risk assessment were introduced for 21 values. Twelve issues of the "Principles and Methods of Assessing the Working Environment", a quarterly of the Commission, were published.
Department of Chemical and Aerosol Hazards