Inside: New NMP restriction guideline and Formaldehyde exposure limits

Testing and Monitoring eBulletin

Are you having trouble viewing this email? View the content as a web page.

hse logo orange

We've extended the HSE brand.

While we will continue to provide Guidance and Research on our main website to help you comply with health and safety law, we also offer paid-for solutions to help you manage health and safety.

HSL products and services are now offered under the HSE brand and include:
Publications and ProductsTraining and EventsTesting and MonitoringResearch and Consultancy

Spray cleaning

New advice from NMP - ECHA on how to comply with NMP (1-methyl-2-pyrrolidone)

A new guideline (July 2019) is available for industrial users of 1-methyl-2-pyrrolidone (NMP) to help them comply with the substance’s restriction requirements.

The guideline is needed because this is the first restriction of its kind that is based on a Derived No Effect Level (DNEL). 

The guideline includes information on monitoring, and appropriate guidance values are proposed (DNEL 14.4 mg/m3 airborne NMP; 5-hydroxy-NMP: 25 mg/g creatinine (post-shift urine sample)).

HSE is able to offer testing both air and biological testing.

Before the restriction NMP was used as a graffiti-remover and is well absorbed through the skin, as demonstrated in previous HSE research (looking at both skin uptake and glove contamination).

NMP is also used as a solvent or surface deposition medium during manufacturing and is therefore a critical substance for various industries producing batteries, semiconductors, fibres, pharmaceuticals and wire coatings.

NMP users in these sectors (except wire coatings) must comply with the restriction by 9 May 2020.



Caution! Formaldehyde

Occupational exposure limits for workers in the
formaldehyde sector

Formaldehyde is a simple but essential organic chemical that occurs naturally in most forms of life, including humans, some foods and trees. 

It is widely used in the manufacture of numerous products including shampoos, plastics, carpets, clothing, resins and glues etc.

On 16 May, Formacare’s General Assembly approved a Voluntary Agreement to implement occupational exposure limit (OEL) for formaldehyde.

The formaldehyde sector’s voluntary agreement takes immediate effect, two years ahead of the new legislative requirement. This unique commitment is supported both by trade unions and the wider value chain.

Formaldehyde is one of the Organic Chemicals that we offer analysis for at HSE. 
Find out more about this analysis.

Booking now - practical training courses from HSE:

Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS) - 17 - 18 September 2019

Biosafety - working practices and managing safety at Containment Level 3 - 30 Sept – 04 Oct 2019

Hand-Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS) Refresher - 02 October 2019

Respirable Crystalline Silica (RCS) - Health Surveillance and Exposure Control - 29 January 2020

Biological Monitoring for Chemical Exposures at Work - 05 February 2020




* GovUK logo

Subscriber services:

Manage Preferences | Unsubscribe | Disclaimer
Email was sent to Email Address