Search and analysis of relevant data sources

In a first step an overview has been developed of available data sources and actual data on occupational exposures to chemicals in the EU and the EFTA states. Relevant sources provide data on chemicals, on exposure (measurement based, notification based or assessment based), data related to diseases or data on occupations and sectors. The overview differentiates between different types of information sources, their information content, and their information quality. For this purpose a questionnaire was developed and circulated to National Authorities and known database providers asking for both general information and specific content information regarding databases or other data sources.

The questionnaire can be filled in here.

Identification of challenges and obstacles for the collection of exposure data

As part of the survey reasons why occupational exposure information is not available or not accessible for interested stakeholders will be identified. This includes data reporting to competent authorities according to Article 6 of the Carcinogens and Mutagens Directive (2004/37/EC).

Selection of chemicals to be included in the scope of the project

A selection of substances will be made which are relevant for the occupational setting and which form a sound and representative information basis to be included in the database and allow modeling exposure levels. Therefore, a combination of criteria has been defined, addressing the need for relevance as well as representativeness and availability.

Stakeholder workshop

To receive feedback on the interim results of the project from a wider audience of interested stakeholders a workshop was organised in Luxembourg June 2015.

Development of a European exposure database and data collection at national level

Based on information collected about data sources and discussions with providers and data owners about the possibility to transfer data for the selected substances from national data sources into the new European database a common data format has been developed to facilitate data collection and harmonisation. Where necessary, data will be translated into English.

Practical implementation of the database and analysis of the results

The aim of this work package is to provide the European Commission with a relative ranking of sub-stances included in the database according to their likelihood of causing risks to workers. Further aims are to illustrate how the database functions and to identify subsequent actions for the future.