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The practical application of prevention measures at workplace level is well described in many case studies published by enterprises themselves, public institutions and authorities, industrial associations and trade unions. These institutions have gathered together such case studies and published them in varying levels of detail and formats. Some are short success stories, others cover in detail aspects of risk reduction, as well as technological and financial aspects of the practical solutions in question. Even life cycle considerations are described (i.e. addressing the risks posed by dangerous substances during their whole life cycle, from raw material to waste). Formats vary from easy-to-read two-page information sheets to extensive technical descriptions. Supporting videos are an emerging format, and increasingly publications are available in more than one language.

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20/04/2018
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A cleaning company in Sweden has successfully reduced the exposure of its workers to hazardous cleaning products. 

This case study outlines the approach taken by the company, which involved a combination of eliminating cleaning chemicals altogether or replacing them with safer...See more

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20/04/2018
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In response to the official classification of formaldehyde as a category 1B carcinogen, a company in Slovenia that used the substance in manufacturing insulation products set out to assess the current situation and introduce preventive measures to improve workers’ safety and health.

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20/04/2018
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An adhesive manufacturing company in Finland has implemented a multifaceted approach to protect its workers from dangerous chemicals. The case study details how, through a combination of measures, exposure levels are so low that personal protective equipment is not required for most work...See more

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In this example of good practice, a cleaning company in Estonia introduced measures to reduce the risk of exposure to dangerous chemicals in cleaning agents.

Through revisions to its procurement system, the company limited the cleaning products it used on a daily basis to three main...See more

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The extent of occupational exposure to hazardous factors was assessed at all workstations at the timber industry company. The main harmful factors were chemical substances, wood dust and noise. The management of the company, in tri-partite consultation decided to target these harmful factors....See more

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