Factsheet 34 - Elimination and substitution of dangerous substances

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2003

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This factsheet introduces the process of eliminating or substituting dangerous substances, focusing on the European control hierarchy: elimination (the best way to reduce the risk posed by using dangerous substances by changing the process or product in which the substance is used), substitution (if elimination is not possible, then substituting or replacing the hazardous substance or the process with a less dangerous one under its particular condition of use is the next best option) and control (if a substance or process cannot be eliminated or substituted, then exposure may be prevented or reduced in the following ways: enclosing the emitting process; controlling emissions through better management of the processes; technical solutions to minimise concentrations in the exposure zone; organisational measures such as minimising the number of exposed workers and reducing the duration and intensiveness of the exposure; use of personal protective equipment.

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Sector / Industry covered: 
Not sector specific
Provider: 
European Agency for Safety and Health at Work — EU-OSHA
Hazard - health effects: 
Carcinogens
Mutagens
Substance Description: 

Carcinogenic and mutagenic substances (e.g. organic solvents)

Asbestos

CAS Number: 
1332-21-4
EC number: 
603-721-4
Prevention measures: 
Level 1. Elimination of hazards
Level 1. Substitution
Level 2. Technical measures, e.g. local exhaust ventilation
Level 3. Reducing / minimising the risk by personal measures (PPE)
Training / guidance
Purpose of the material: 
Awareness raising
Guidance
Target group: 
Employers
Managers
Safety officers
Workers

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