Occupational Exposure Limits in China

An occupational exposure limit is an upper limit on the acceptable concentration of a hazardous substance in workplace air for a particular material or class of materials.

In China, Occupational Exposure Limits(OELs) for hazardous chemicals is set by GBZ 2.1-2007 - Occupational exposure limits for hazardous agents in the workplace. The standard was revised by the Ministry of Health in 2007 and implemented from 1 Nov 2007.

There are three types of OELs for hazardous chemicals in China:

  • Maximum allowable concentration (MAC); other countries might call it the ceiling value.
  • Permissble concentration-time weighed average(PC-TWA): the maximum average concentration of a chemical in air for a normal 8-hour working day and 40-hour week;
  • Permissble concentration-short term exposure limit(PC-STEL): the maximum average concentration to which workers can be exposed for a short period (usually 15 minutes);

The standard has set occupational exposure limits for 339 hazardous chemicals, 47 kinds of dust and 2 types of bacteria. The standard methods of monitoring the concentration of hazardous chemicals in workplace are defined in national standards GBZ 159-2004 and GBZ/T 160-2004.

If you would like to find out what exposure limits are for your chemicals or would like to get a copy of above standards, please contact us.

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