E-fact 66 — maintenance and hazardous substances

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This e-fact focuses on the specific risks related to various dangerous substances that maintenance workers in general are exposed to, and gives some basic recommendations on how these risks can be managed, including some best practice examples. Maintenance workers come into close contact with a broad variety of often hazardous chemicals. These chemicals may not only cause diseases, such as skin disorders or cancer, but many of them are highly flammable and explosive.

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Sector / Industry covered: 
Opravy a údržba lodí a člunů
Opravy a údržba letadel a kosmických lodí
Opravy a údržba ostatních dopravních prostředků a zařízení
Opravy a údržba motorových vozidel, kromě motocyklů
Provider: 
European Agency for Safety and Health at Work
Tasks covered: 
Applying Glues or Sealants
Applying Surface Coatings
Cleaning or Disinfecting
Heating, Machining, or Welding Metal
Removing Coatings
Woodworking
Hazard - physical state: 
Aerosols
Dusts
Fibres
Gases
Liquids
Nanoparticles (airborne liquids/solids including smoke or mist)
Solids
Vapours
Hazard - health effects: 
Allergens
Skin sensitisers
Asthmagens
Asphyxiants
Carcinogens
Mutagens
Reprotoxic substances
Neurotoxic substances
Irritants
Toxic substances
Fire and explosion
Exposure route: 
Dermal contact
Inhalation
Substance Description: 

Detergents, solvents, acids,  painting operations (paint removers, solvents, paints), and concrete or wood repair (epoxy resins), welding fumes, diesel exhaust, sanding dust.

Prevention measures: 
Level 1. Elimination of hazards
Level 1. Substitution
Level 2. Technical measures, e.g. local exhaust ventilation
Level 2. Reducing / minimising the risk by organisational measures, e.g. reducing the number of workers exposed
Level 3. Reducing / minimising the risk by personal measures (PPE)
Training / guidance
Purpose of the material: 
Awareness raising
Guidance
Target group: 
All (no specific target group)

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