Formacare launches a voluntary agreement to further improve occupational exposure level for formaldehyde
Brussels, 22 May 2019 – Following its General Assembly in Trieste (Italy), the European association of formaldehyde producers (Formacare) launched a landmark Voluntary Agreement to implement a pan-European occupational exposure limit (OEL) for workers in the formaldehyde sector, two years ahead of the legislation.
The Voluntary Agreement is signed by most of the Formacare members, covering about 90% of the European formaldehyde market. It is a commitment to voluntarily implement an EU-wide Binding Occupational Exposure Limit, i.e. 0.3ppm (parts per million) for the 8-hour average and 0.6ppm for the short-term exposure limit. There is consensus among industry and trade unions that these values constitute a safe threshold for workers