MAK Committee

A. Hartwig, H. Greim

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The MAK Commission proposes MAK values (maximum concentration at the workplace) for volatile chemicals and dusts and BAT values (biological tolerance values) and also develops procedures for analysis of chemical substances in the air and in biological materials. Substances that are carcinogenic, germ cell mutagenic, sensitizing, percutaneously absorbed, or pose a risk to the embryo or fetus are classified.List of MAK and BAT Values is published annually; proposed values and classifications are presented to the German Federal Minister of Labour and Social Affairs and put up for public discussion for six months prior to publication. Detailed scientific documentation, in German and English, is compiled for all proposed MAK and BAT values and classifications and is publicly available (see

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Toxicology
Subtitle of host publicationThird Edition
Number of pages3
ISBN (Electronic)9780123864543
ISBN (Print)9780123864550
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Air monitoring
  • BAT value
  • Biomonitoring
  • Carcinogen classification
  • Germ cell mutagen
  • MAK value
  • Occupational exposure limit
  • Reproductive and developmental toxicant
  • Sensitizer
  • Short-term exposure limit
  • Skin absorption


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