Hazardous substances in the wood and furniture sector

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Portugalsko
Portuguese, International
2010

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The current brochure on the wood and furniture sector produced under the European Campaign Risk Assessment on the Use of Hazardous Substances, launched in 2010 by the CARIT - Committee of Senior Officials of the European Union Labor Inspectorate and coordinated in Portugal by the Labor Conditions Authority (ACT) under the motto "Hazardous Substances: Be aware, evaluate and protect". The publication provides an overview about possible occupational hazards in wood industry, focusing also on dangerous chemicals, and required safety measures for protection. The operations of the production process of timber and furniture processing expose workers to several hazardous substances, such as wood dust (in preparation, machining, assembly, among other operations) and organic solvents.

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Sector / Industry covered: 
Výroba dřevěných, korkových, proutěných a slaměných výrobků
Provider: 
Labor Conditions Authority (ACT)
Tasks covered: 
Handling Chemicals
Manufacturing
Woodworking
Hazard - physical state: 
Aerosols
Dusts
Fibres
Gases
Liquids
Vapours
Hazard - health effects: 
Allergens
Skin sensitisers
Asthmagens
Asphyxiants
Carcinogens
Toxic substances
Exposure route: 
Ingestion
Inhalation
Skin absorption
Substance Description: 

glues, organic solvents

Prevention measures: 
Level 1. Elimination of hazards
Level 2. Technical measures, e.g. local exhaust ventilation
Level 3. Reducing / minimising the risk by personal measures (PPE)
Training / guidance
Hygiene measures
Purpose of the material: 
Awareness raising
Guidance
Target group: 
Employers
Managers
Workers

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