The MAK Collection for Occupational Health and Safety
Online ISBN: 9783527600410
Guidelines and Procedures of the MAK Commission
Procedure of the Commission for the Investigation of Health Hazards of Chemical Compounds in the Work Area for Making Changes in or Additions to the List of MAK and BAT Values
1) Notice of discussed new entries and changes is given, as a rule, one year in advance with the issue of the List of MAK and BAT Values, generally on July 1st. Where MAK values are to be changed, the new intended value is reported as well as the reason for the change (new sources of reference, additional information, justified petitions). The notice of discussed new entries and changes serves as a request from the Commission for submission by February 1 of the following year of written reports with pertinent information and commentary. The Commission will respond by May 1 to the reports received. If factual issues cannot be clarified either in written form or by telephone, the Commission calls in one (or when different workplaces having nonidentical exposure conditions are affected, several) technically qualified representative(s) from the involved areas for ultimate counsel. The Commission plus the organizations listed in the following sentence must agree by vote on the selection of the consultant(s). The notice of discussed new entries and changes is officially reported by the Commission to the “Länderausschuss für Arbeitsschutz und Sicherheitstechnik (LASI)” (Federal Committee for Occupational Safety and Technical Security), the “Bundesverband der Deutschen Industrie” (Federation of German Industries), the “Deutsche Gesetzliche Unfallversicherung” (German Statutory Accident Insurance) and the “Deutsche Gewerkschaftsbund” (the German Trade Union Federation).
2) In cases where the scientific documentation is not adequate for the new entry of a substance or for a change in value, the decision for renewed consideration is reset for one year later.
3) The Commission makes use of advance bulletins in urgent cases where a decision as to a new entry or change must be reached quickly in order to avert health damage. In this way the Commission can deal with the affected branches of industry or the central organizations without the usual notification procedure and without counsel.
For the advance bulletins of such decisions the Commission always provides detailed scientific justification which is published in the technical journals and which is sent together with the advance bulletin to the places and organizations named in the final sentence of paragraph 1 above.
The Commission requests that company physicians, the manufacturers and users of industrial chemicals, research institutes dealing with these compounds, as well as boards of control and other governmental institutions, submit the names of any additional substances which occur at the workplace and have not as yet been considered.