New EU Directive – Change on CO Alarm Setpoints


Regions affected:  Europe

On 31 January 2017, the European Union (EU) Commission adopted the Directive 2017/164 establishing new indicative occupational exposure limit values for a list of chemical agents.

Extract of the content (source: Official Journal of the European Union):

Article 2
• Member States shall establish national occupational exposure limit values for the chemical agents listed in the Annex, taking into account the Union limit values.

Article 7
• Member States shall bring into force the laws, regulations and administrative provisions necessary to comply with this Directive by 21 August 2018 at the latest.

Note: In underground mining and tunnelling, Member States may benefit from a transitional period ending at the latest on 21 August 2023, as regards the limit values for Carbon Monoxide.

Honeywell Analytics, leading manufacturer of Portable and Fixed Gas Detection solutions, is pleased to inform that in order to proactively comply with this new Directive, new limit values for Carbon Monoxide (CO) will be implemented in the manufacturing process of BW portable gas detectors.

From December 4th 2017, default CO alarm thresholds will be set as follows:

  • TWA = 20 ppm / STEL = 100 ppm
  • Low alarm = 20 ppm / High alarm = 100 ppm.
On demand, low and high alarms can be set differently from TWA and STEL alarms.

Please contact your Sales Representative if you need any further information or need different CO alarm thresholds to be set-up in your instruments.
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