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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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This booklet showcases awarded and commended good practice examples of the innovative approaches taken by organisations across Europe to eliminating or reducing worker exposure to dangerous substances. These examples go beyond mere fulfilment of legislation and provide a clear...See more

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This case study details the participatory approach adopted by a pharmaceutical company in Croatia to manage the risks associated with working with dangerous substances.

The company’s safety and health strategy, which goes above and beyond EU and national legislation, involves enhanced...See more

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This case study considers a good practice example from a footwear manufacturing company in Spain. It demonstrates how substituting dangerous substances for less dangerous ones can greatly improve the safety and health of workers and the importance of training and worker consultation.

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This case study of a training programme in Germany shows show schools and enterprises can work together to raise young people’s awareness of occupational safety and health (OSH). In the example studied, at the initiative of a teacher, a school and a chemical company in Hamburg collaborated on...See more

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This case study of a university waste management programme in Poland shows how universities can work together to solve problems related to the management and disposal of hazardous chemicals. In the example studied, a university chemistry department in Gdańsk introduced a new system to manage,...See more

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