Swiss Environmental Law
Switzerland has some of the most ambitious and effective laws in the world for the protection of its special environment.
Swiss Environmental Laws
Air Pollution Control, Ordinance (Switzerland)
This Swiss federal ordinance (1986/2016) is intended to protect humans, animals, plants, their living communities and habitats and the soil from harmful or annoying air pollution.
The Ordinance on Air Pollution Control (OAPC) regulates:
- a. The precautionary limitation on emissions which pollute the air for installations pursuant to Article 7 of the Act; waste incineration outdoors;
- b. The requirements for fuels;
- c. The maximum permissible load on the air (immission limit values);
- d. The procedure for the case where the immissions are excessive.
LRV Luftreinhaltungsverordnung (Schweiz)
Maximum Workplace Concentrations
Maximum Workplace Concentrations, a sub-group of Threshold Limit Values (TLV), set maximum concentrations of chemical substances to which workers may be exposed on a regular basis for a long period.
The basis for the calculation is an 8-hour day, maximum 42 hours per week.
In Germany, the Hazardous Substance Ordinance (Gefahrstoffverordnung GefStoffV) contains a new threshold limit concept, which sets out the workplace (Arbeitsplatzgrenzwert
AGW, governed by the Technische Regeln für Gefahrstoffe TRGS 900) and biological (Biologischer Grenzwert BGW, under TRGS 903) limit values.