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registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-07-23more like thismore than 2019-07-23
answering body
Department for Work and Pensions more like this
answering dept id 29 more like this
answering dept short name Work and Pensions remove filter
answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
hansard heading Formaldehyde: Industrial Health and Safety more like this
house id 2 more like this
legislature
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pref label House of Lords more like this
question text To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of occupational exposure limits and maximum exposure limits for formaldehyde in the UK being higher than those of France, Germany and several other European member states. more like this
tabling member printed
Baroness Crawley more like this
uin HL17390 more like this
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-08-05more like thismore than 2019-08-05
answer text <p>The EU has recently reviewed the occupational exposure limit value for formaldehyde, and in the Phase 3 amendment to the Carcinogens and Mutagens Directive 2004/37/EC, introduced a new binding occupational exposure limit value (BOELV) of 0.3ppm, which came into force on 11 July 2019. The current GB work place exposure limit (WEL) is 2ppm.</p><p> </p><p>Member States have two years to transpose the new BOELV (i.e. by 11 July 2021). Because of differences in cultural practices; cost of embalming and greater capacity in the facilities available; and the limited use of embalming in other Members States, the UK negotiated an additional 3-year transitional period (until July 2024) for the funeral and embalming sector, during which time an interim BOELV of 0.5ppm will apply. This is to allow the UK funeral and embalming sector to comply with the Directive without incurring disproportionate costs.</p><p> </p><p>The Health and Safety Executive is currently working to implement the revised exposure limits for formaldehyde.</p>
answering member printed Baroness Stedman-Scott more like this
grouped question UIN HL17389 remove filter
question first answered
less than 2019-08-05T15:23:53.66Zmore like thismore than 2019-08-05T15:23:53.66Z
answering member
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label Biography information for Baroness Stedman-Scott more like this
tabling member
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label Biography information for Baroness Crawley more like this