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To tie in with the Healthy Workplaces Manage Dangerous Substances campaign, EU-OSHA has created an infosheet on an important topic in this area. Manufactured nanomaterials in the workplace provides information and advice on managing the risks posed by this fast-developing technology. Nanomaterials are used in many fields and may have a range of toxic effects. This infosheet presents the key facts and is now available in 17 languages. Visit the Healthy Workplaces Manage Dangerous Substances...Ver más información
Official campaign partners, media partners and representatives from the European Commission and EU-OSHA gathered in Brussels on 5 and 6 March 2019 to exchange good practice information on managing dangerous substances and to celebrate 10 years of...
Sharing knowledge and ideas on improving occupational safety and health (OSH) within businesses and organisations was the focus of the 2-day event . With attendees eager to learn from one another, a number of workshops offered practical tips into topics such as OSH and the environment, communication in OSH, protecting workers from carcinogenic substances, and how to rethink risk assessments. We spoke to some of our longstanding campaign partners about their thoughts on the event, their role in...Ver más información
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EU-OSHA and the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) work as partners to promote good practices and encourage the management of dangerous substances at workplaces. ECHA’s tools and information are a vital resource in the context of the Healthy...
A partnership aimed at the protection of workers Since according to its company survey 38% of European companies report using potentially dangerous chemical or biological substances in their workplaces, EU-OSHA has formed a key partnership with ECHA. As the primary body responsible for implementing the EU’s chemical legislation, the mission of ECHA is to work for the safe use of chemicals together with partners serving a wide range of EU policies and global initiatives. In 2010, the two...Ver más información
Information on the safe use of chemicals is key for workers’ protection. It therefore needs to be communicated in clear language and in a standardised format.
Managing Dangerous Substances: Safety precautions for worker’s protection Under Regulation (EC) No. 1907/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council on the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH), companies must identify and manage the risks linked to the substances they manufacture and market in the EU. In this regard, manufacturers and importers of chemical substances in Europe have to determine how the substances can be used safely throughout the...Ver más información
The Danish language of the online chemical risk assessment platform Stoffenmanager ® was launched on 27 February 2019 during an awareness-raising event in Copenhagen.
The event was organised by the National Research Centre for the Working Environment ( NFA ), Denmark . The event started with a warm welcome by Lars Andrup, research director NFA and was followed by a lecture of professor Keld Alstrup Jansen on the ‘Strategy and tools for assessing exposures in the working environment and risk assessment ‘. Further insights on risk assessment models and the historical background of Stoffenmanager® were presented by Henri Heussen the scientific director of...Ver más información
Skin diseases are one of the most common work-related health problems in Europe. The skin is exposed to many risks in the workplace, from exposure to chemicals to physical and biological factors. Effectively preventing skin disease requires more...
What is the risk and who is at risk? Skin diseases are in the top most prevalent occupational diseases in the EU, accounting for between 10 and 40% of the total [1] . The high incidence is particularly due to the tens of thousands of chemical products in use. These are responsible for 80-90% of skin diseases, but biological and physical agents can also be causative factors. As well as burns and irritation, chemical exposure can result in dermatitis, occupational acne and uptake of chemicals...Ver más información
EU-OSHA presents an interactive infographic created to support the Healthy Workplaces Manage Dangerous Substances campaign. The infographic allows users to discover facts and figures on the risks that dangerous substances pose to workers and the benefits of managing those risks. It’s user-friendly and covers key messages, such as the dangers of carcinogens in the workplace and the risks posed to specific groups of workers. Check out the dangerous substances infographic available in 25 languages...Ver más información
The study, commissioned by EU-OSHA and carried out by the Institute of Occupational Medicine, used new methods to identify the dangerous substances and sectors that pose the greatest risk to workers in the EU. Here we look at the main findings and...
The analysis The study collected data from a number of publicly available sources . Then using the in-depth knowledge and insight from experts in chemical risk assessment and industrial hygiene in the EU, the data were collated and linked, or merged, in several ways to allow further sub-selection and analysis. The most dangerous substances and the sectors at risk Based on the distribution of 319 important dangerous substances, the research identified the top 5 sectors at risk: 1. Trade and...Ver más información
As a promotion to the 2019 Healthy Workplaces Campaign, EFNMS issued a 2019 monthly calendar and distributed in electronic form to all its members throughout Europe.
The EFNMS Health, Safety & Environmental Committee (EHSEC) developed and issued the 2019 monthly desktop Calendar for all its EFNMS members in 26 countries. Each month contains one extract from the Campaign website as a promotion to raise awareness among its members. Its electronic version was distributed via e-mail to all the National Maintenance Society representatives for further distribution. A printed version was also made available for the National Maintenance Societies'...Ver más información
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This publication describes the development of new methods to assess the number of workers exposed to dangerous substances in the EU and the extent of that exposure. The study aimed to identify the substances and sectors that pose the greatest risks to workers, examining the trends over time. The purpose was not only to arrive at an overview of the use of dangerous substances but also to create a methodology that could be used again to monitor future trends and developments. Read the report...Ver más información