MAK values (Maximum Concentrations at the Workplace) and BAT values (Biological Tolerance Values) promote the protection of health at the workplace. They provide a basis for judgement of the toxic potential of chemical compounds which people are exposed to at work. This useful booklet contains a list of about 500 chemical compounds. It classifies them as carcinogens, germ cell mutagens or embryotoxicants. Each evaluation is revised annually by a commission of experts appointed by the Deutsche
Forschungsgemeinschaft. 29 chemical compounds have been added to the list 1993 and 9 have been reevaluated. 2 new chapters are added: * anorganic fibrous dust particels and their carcinogenic effects; * sensitizing chemicals causing allergic reactions in human beings.
The report is recommendable reading for toxicologists, chemists, industrial physicians and in a wider sense for all involved in the establishment of health and safety regulations. The reasons for setting a MAK value at a certain concentration are presented in a different series of publications, also available in English
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