Exposure to chemical agents. Quantitative evaluation

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The National Institute for Safety and Health at Work (INSHT) provides different tools to assess risks at workplaces. These tools support employers in their obligation to provide a safe and healthy workplace for their workers. This tool in particular calculates exposures to chemical substances. It helps users to assess the health risks arising from occupational exposure to chemical pollutants in the air based on the criteria proposed in the UNE-EN 689 Standard on Workplace Atmospheres. The assessment is based on a comparision of the time-weighted air concentration of a given pollutant, obtained from representative measurements, with the occupational exposure limits (daily exposure and the short-term exposure) ​​set for the agent in question. The exposure determined in this way supports the employer in deciding on preventive measures in a timely manner.

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Sector / Industry covered: 
Not sector specific
Provider: 
National Institute for Safety and Health at Work — INSHT
Hazard - physical state: 
Aerosols
Gases
Vapours
Exposure route: 
Inhalation
Prevention measures: 
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)
Other
Purpose of the material: 
Measurement and assessment
Risk assessment
Target group: 
Employers
Managers
Safety officers
Supervisor

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