CD287 - Carcinogens and Mutagens – Revision of limit values in EH40/2005 “Workplace Exposure Limits”

Closed 7 Jun 2019

Opened 15 Apr 2019

Results updated 17 Jan 2020

This consultation report relates to consultation CD287 on the implementation of Directive (EU) 2017/2398, which amends Directive 2004/37/EC and introduces 11 new binding occupational exposure limit values (BOELVs) and amends 2 existing BOELVs to help protect workers from the ill-health effects of exposure to carcinogens and mutagens in the workplace.



Consultation by the Health and Safety Executive

This Consultation relates to the implementation of Directive 2017/2398 which amends Directive 2004/37/EC and introduces 11 new occupational exposure limits values (OELVs) and amends 2 existing OELVs for substances to help protect workers from the ill-health effects of exposure to carcinogens and mutagens in the workplace.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) consults stakeholders to seek their views on its proposals. It believes that public consultation provides an open and transparent approach to its decision-making. Following consultation HSE will make a recommendation to the Secretary of State on the best way forward.

The Consultation sets out the HSE’s proposals, subject to the ongoing negotiations on our relationship with the EU.

Code of Practice on Consultation

HSE is committed to best practice in consultation and to the Government’s Consultation Principles. The Government is improving the way it consults by adopting a more proportionate and targeted approach, so that the type and scale of engagement is proportional to the potential impacts of the proposal. The emphasis is on understanding the effects of a proposal and focussing on real engagement with key groups rather than following a set process.

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How to respond

A summary of the proposal and link to the survey can be found on this page below.

Our preferred method for receiving comments is via the online survey, this is the most effective way for us to fully consider and analyse responses.

However, you can also respond by:

  • completing the word version of the survey and sending it by email to:
  • downloading the word version of the survey and sending a written response to: Carcinogens and Mutagens Directive Consultation, Health and Chemicals Unit, 2.1 Redgrave Court, Merton Road, Bootle, Merseyside, L20 7HS

We would be grateful if you could send an email address when you provide your response. This will allow us to inform you when HSE intends to publish information concerning consultation responses on its websites.

Responses must be received by 7 June 2019.

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What happens next?

We will acknowledge all responses and give full consideration to their substance in the subsequent proposals. We may contact you again if, for example, we have a query in respect of your response.

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We will also tell you when we publish information concerning the consultation responses. We will provide a summary of responses to this consultation and the views expressed about each question. This information will be placed on the HSE website.