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Italy - How to manage chemical risks in the woodcraft sector

Ca’ Foscari UniversityMestreItaly

This seminar discusses the Healthy Workplaces Manage Dangerous Substances campaign and aims to raise awareness of the campaign’s objectives and the challenges faced by workers and employers in the woodworking industry.

Speakers present occupational health and safety issues that occur when workers are exposed to dangerous substances and give examples of common occupational diseases in the woodworking industry. Focusing on possible prevention measures, they explain how to assess and manage chemical risks in wood processing – a discipline involving the production of forestry products such as pulp and paper.

Finally, speakers discuss how to improve OSH in small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in the woodworking sector, particularly as their workers are among the most vulnerable groups when it comes to the exposure to dangerous substances, especially wood dust.  


  • Daniela Petrucci, Regional Director, National Institute for Insurance against Accidents at Work (INAIL)
  • Ester Rotoli, Manager, INAIL
  • Enrico Rizzi, Director of Medical Department, INAIL
  • Stefano Signorini, Research manager, INAIL
  • Andrea Saviane, Journalist, Artisan federation
  • Giovanni Finotto, Professor at Molecular Science Department, Venice University
  • Michele Checchin, Specialist on EU chemical legislation, REACH Veneto Centre (CRV)
  • Valerio Franceschini, Secretary General, National Federation of wood construction workers (Feneal UIL)
  • Andrea Polelli, Regional Bilateral Joint Committee for Security (COBIS)
  • Giuliana Coccia, Senior Statistician, Italian Alliance for Sustainable Development (ASviS)
Istituto Nazionale per l'Assicurazione contro gli Infortuni sul Lavoro (INAIL)
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