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How to Obtain a Reliable Estimate of Occupational Exposure? Review and Discussion of Models’ Reliability
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Exposure Models for REACH and Occupational Safety and Health Regulations

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Centre for Human Exposure Science, Institute of Occupational Medicine, Edinburgh EH14 4AP, UK
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Institute of Biological Chemistry, Biophysics and Bioengineering, Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh EH14 4AS, UK
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Risk Analysis for Products in Development, TNO, 3700AJ Zeist, The Netherlands
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Cosanta BV, 1183 AS Amstelveen, The Netherlands
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Monitoring of Working Conditions, Institute for Occupational Safety and Health of the German Social Accident Insurance (IFA), 53757 Sankt Augustin, Germany
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The National Research Centre for the Working Environment, DK-2100 Copenhagen, Denmark
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17(2), 383; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17020383
Received: 29 October 2019 / Revised: 16 December 2019 / Accepted: 30 December 2019 / Published: 7 January 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Modeling Tools for Occupational Exposure Assessment)
Model tools for estimating hazardous substance exposure are an accepted part of regulatory risk assessments in Europe, and models underpin control banding tools used to help manage chemicals in workplaces. Of necessity the models are simplified abstractions of real-life working situations that aim to capture the essence of the scenario to give estimates of actual exposures with an appropriate margin of safety. The basis for existing inhalation exposure assessment tools has recently been discussed by some scientists who have argued for the use of more complex models. In our opinion, the currently accepted tools are documented to be the most robust way for workplace health and safety practitioners and others to estimate inhalation exposure. However, we recognise that it is important to continue the scientific development of exposure modelling to further elaborate and improve the existing methodologies. View Full-Text
Keywords: ART; registration; evaluation; Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH); Advanced REACH Tool; Stoffenmanager®; control banding ART; registration; evaluation; Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH); Advanced REACH Tool; Stoffenmanager®; control banding
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Cherrie, J.W.; Fransman, W.; Heussen, G.A.H.; Koppisch, D.; Jensen, K.A. Exposure Models for REACH and Occupational Safety and Health Regulations. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17, 383.

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