Health protection of a worker exposed to chemical agents in the work environment – biological monitoring in health risk assessment: legal regulations
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KGHM Polska Miedź S.A., Oddział Huta Miedzi „Głogów” / KGHM Polska Miedź S.A., Glogow Division, Głogów, Poland (Dział Bezpieczeństwa i Higieny Pracy / Health and Safety Department)
Instytut Medycyny Pracy im. prof. J. Nofera / Nofer Institute of Occupational Medicine, Łódź, Poland (Zakład Monitoringu Biologicznego i Środowiska / Department of Environmental and Biological Monitoring)
Beata Janasik   

Instytut Medycyny Pracy im. prof. J. Nofera, Zakład Monitoringu Biologicznego i Środowiska, ul. św. Teresy 8, 91-348 Łódź
Online publication date: 2022-08-23
Med Pr 2022;73(4):349–356
One of the priorities in the field of occupational safety and health in the European Union (EU) is research on dissemination and application of scientific results, which results in changes in legislation on exposure assessment to chemical agents and risk estimation. The aim of this paper is to analyze the EU legislation on exposure assessment and risk estimation to chemical agents based on biological monitoring studies, in the context of workers’ health protection, with reference to the occupational hygiene management system and standard. An analysis was made of the current legal regulations as well as recommendations and guidelines for biological monitoring studies in the assessment of workers’ exposure to selected metals. A comparison was made between the regulations in force in Poland and in EU. The rationale for implementing biological monitoring tools in occupational health prevention as an additional tool to protect workers from chemical agents was evaluated. Med Pr. 2022;73(4):349–56