E-Fact 41 - Cleaners and dangerous substances

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2008

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Cleaners are at risk from exposure to cleaning products through inhalation and skin contact, wet work activities, needlestick injuries and dirt. Skin problems are the most common problem for cleaners, who are also at increased risk of developing asthma, chronic bronchitis and other respiratory problems This e-fact looks at how to recognise dangerous substances and explains how they can enter the body and cause harm. It also offers ways to prevent or minimise risk.

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Sector / Industry covered: 
UBYTOVÁNÍ, STRAVOVÁNÍ A POHOSTINSTVÍ
Úklidové činnosti
Provider: 
European Agency for Safety and Health at Work
Tasks covered: 
Cleaning or Disinfecting
Working Indoors
Working Outdoors
Biological hazard: 
Bacteria
Hazard - physical state: 
Aerosols
Dusts
Gases
Liquids
Vapours
Hazard - health effects: 
Allergens
Skin sensitisers
Asthmagens
Carcinogens
Mutagens
Irritants
Toxic substances
Exposure route: 
Dermal contact
Inhalation
Ocular (through eyes)
Skin absorption
Substance Description: 

Chemicals used for cleaning

Formaldehyde, Glyoxal, Quaternary ammonium, Turpentine, White spirit (1 type); (2 type, Aromatic hydrocarbons, Hydrochloric acid, Sylfamic acid, Formic acid, Sodium hydroxide, Ammonium hydroxide

CAS Number: 
50-00-0
107-22-2
7664-41-7
67-64-1
8006-64-2
64742-82-1; 64741-92-0
70955-17-8
7647-01-0
5329-14-6
64-18-6
1310-73-2
1336-21-6
EC number: 
200-001-8
203-474-9
231-635-3
200-662-2
232-350-7
265-185-4; 265-095-5
231-595-7
226-218-8
200-579-1
215-185-5
215-647-6
Prevention measures: 
Level 1. Elimination of hazards
Level 3. Reducing / minimising the risk by personal measures (PPE)
Hygiene measures
Purpose of the material: 
Awareness raising
Guidance
Target group: 
Employers
Managers
Safety officers
Workers
Workers representatives

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