The list is based on Council Directive 98/24/EC on the protection of the health and safety of workers from the risks related to chemical agents at work.
Member States shall establish national occupational exposure limit values for the chemical agents listed in the Annex, taking into account the Community values.
The Directive establishes values for a reference period of eight-hours time weighted average and also for a short term period of 15 minutes for the following 60 chemical agents:
The limit value for chlorobenzene was repealed by Commission Directive 2006/15/EC.
Limit value for phenol is repealed by, and new limit value is available in Commission Directive 2009/161/EU.
Limit value for 1,4-Dichlorobenzene is repealed by, and new limit value is available in Commission Directive 2017/164/EU.
There are further lists on indicative occupational exposure limit values:
- Commission Directive 91/322/EEC establishing indicative limit values
- Commission Directive 2006/15/EC establishing a second list of indicative occupational exposure limit values
- Commission Directive 2009/161/EU establishing a third list of indicative occupational exposure limit values
- Commission Directive 2017/164/EU establishing a fourth list of indicative occupational exposure limit values
- Commission Directive 2019/1831/EU establishing a fifth list of indicative occupational exposure limit values