Integrating chemical safety into efficient manufacturing

Case study
Estonsko
English
2018

Popis

A company that produces sheet metal in Estonia has taken steps to protect workers from the dangerous chemicals used at its manufacturing plant by incorporating safety into a strategy aimed at increasing the efficiency of its manufacturing processes. The approach taken by the company is based on the ‘5S’ approach, the concepts of which relate to the efficient and effective organisation of workplaces and the standardisation of workplace processes.

With the active involvement of employees at all levels, the company has successfully introduced more efficient, safer working methods and systems for storing, using and documenting chemicals. Special attention has been paid to the many Russian-speaking migrant workers employed at the plant, and all new instructions and guidelines are available in both Estonian and Russian.

Other data

Sector / Industry covered: 
ZPRACOVATELSKÝ PRŮMYSL
Výroba základních kovů
Provider: 
Saku Metall AS
Tasks covered: 
Handling Chemicals
Heating, Machining, or Welding Metal
Manufacturing
Hazard - physical state: 
Aerosols
Dusts
Gases
Liquids
Vapours
Hazard - health effects: 
Skin sensitisers
Irritants
Toxic substances
Exposure route: 
Dermal contact
Inhalation
Ocular (through eyes)
Skin absorption
Substance Description: 

Welding spray
Lubrication chemicals
1-methoxy-2-propanol (Propylene glycol methyl ether, N-methyl-2-pyrrolidone (NMP)
Thinner used with epoxy paints and coatings (containing reaction mass of m-xylene, o-xylene, p-xylene and ethylbenzene, and n-butanol)

CAS Number: 
107-98-2
872-50-4
108-38-3
106-42-3
95-47-6
100-41-4
71-36-3
EC number: 
203-539-1
212-828-1
203-576-3
203-396-5
202-422-2
202-849-4
200-751-6
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
Training / guidance
Hygiene measures
Purpose of the material: 
Awareness raising
Guidance
Other
Target group: 
Employers
Managers
OSH consultant
Safety officers
Supervisor
Trainers

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