Harmful dusts - Checklist

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2019

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This checklist helps you identifying if harmful dusts are present in your workplace. Dusts, which include fumes and fibres, can cause occupational diseases. Thus appropiate prevention measures are necessary.

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Sector / Industry covered: 
Not sector specific
Provider: 
Swiss National Accident Insurance Fund - SUVA
Tasks covered: 
Construction
Handling Chemicals
Heating or Machining Plastics/Rubber
Heating, Machining, or Welding Metal
Installing or Removing Insulation
Manufacturing
Mining or Quarrying
Processing Materials
Removing Coatings
Smelting and Casting Metal
Woodworking
Hazard - physical state: 
Dusts
Fibres
Nanoparticles (airborne liquids/solids including smoke or mist)
Hazard - health effects: 
Allergens
Carcinogens
Irritants
Toxic substances
Exposure route: 
Inhalation
Prevention measures: 
Level 1. Elimination of hazards
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
Hygiene measures
Purpose of the material: 
Guidance
Risk assessment
Target group: 
Employers
Managers
Occupational health physician
OSH consultant
Workers representatives

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