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Spain - Conference 'Hazardous substances: the invisible threat'

Instituto Nacional de Seguridad y Salud en el Trabajo (INSST)MadridSpain

This conference is part of the European Week for Safety and Health at Work and is one of a number of events that are being held in Spain over the course of the week. It aims to raise awareness of the Healthy Workplaces Manage Dangerous Substances campaign, and motivates both employers and workers to contribute to the reinforcement of a prevention culture in their workplaces.

Speakers present the key messages and objectives of the campaign, and focus on the risks posed by chemical substances found in different fields of work. They analyse the presence of dangerous substances in workplaces within Spain, and assess the extent of their impact on workers’ health, with a particular emphasis on those that can cause skin diseases.

Speakers focus on the hazardous chemicals present in the working environments of cleaning companies and hairdressing salons, wherein workers are exposed to strong chemicals on a daily basis. Following this, they present ways to both minimise harmful exposure, and eliminate work-related diseases.

Finally, speakers share practical prevention measures for safely handling carcinogenic, mutagenic and reprotoxic substances to create healthier and safer working environments. 


  • Javier Pinilla García, Director, National Institute of Safety and Health at Work (INSST)
  • Marta Zimmermann Verdejo, Director of the Research and Information Department, INSST
  • María Encarnación Sousa Rodríguez, Head of the Technical Unit of the National Centre of New Technologies, INSST
  • Amelia Aguilar Bailo, Institute of Public and Labor Health of Navarra (ISPLN)
  • Lucía Ferrón Vidán, Head of the Industrial Hygiene Section, Galego Institute of Safety and Health at Work (ISSGA)
  • Alejandro Manuel García Suárez, Senior Inspector, Occupational Health and Safety Institute of the Murcia Region
  • Yolanda Juanes Pérez, Prevention Technician, Asturian Institute for the Prevention of Occupational Risks (IAPRL)
  • Ana García de la Torre, Secretary of Occupational Health and Environment, General Workers Union (UGT)
  • Irene Álvarez Bonilla, Secretary of Employment and Occupational Health, State Health Federation and Sociosanitary Sectors (CCOO)
  • José Ignacio Torres Marco, Area Manager of the Socio-Labor Department, CEPYME
  • Laura Merino, Spanish Confederation of Business Organisations  (CEOE)
Instituto Nacional de Seguridad y Salud en el Trabajo (INSST)
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