Substitution of carcinogenic and neurotoxic solvents used for tanning

Case study
Španělsko
English
2018

Popis

A process to substitute hazardous products with less hazardous ones was initiated by the safety and health representatives of a footwear manufacturing company in a region of Spain with an important footwear manufacturing industry. They involved the labour inspectorate and the Union Institute of Work, Environment and Health (ISTAS) in this process. The substitution was initiated because several workers were affected by a series of health problems including  vomiting, dizziness and headaches, and epileptic seizures. The hazardous products were substituted by a solvent whose only harmful component is acetone. The company also decided to order pre-tanned leather to reduce the use of chemical products.

Other data

Sector / Industry covered: 
Výroba obuvi
Provider: 
Comisiones Obreras de La Rioja
Tasks covered: 
Manufacturing
Hazard - physical state: 
Gases
Liquids
Vapours
Hazard - health effects: 
Carcinogens
Neurotoxic substances
Exposure route: 
Dermal contact
Inhalation
Substance Description: 

SOLVENT LPU (Auxiliary agent / finishing agent for the leather industry).
Propanone a (Acetone)
STRIPPING AGENT (Auxiliary agent /finishing agent for the leather).
1-Methoxy-2-propanol
n-Hexane
Cyclohexane
Benzene
Toluene

CAS Number: 
108-88-3
71-43-2
110-82-7
110-54-3
107-98-2
67-64-1
EC number: 
200-753-7
203-806-2
203-777-6
203-539-1
200-662-2
Prevention measures: 
Level 1. Elimination of hazards
Level 1. Substitution
Level 2. Technical measures, e.g. local exhaust ventilation
Purpose of the material: 
Awareness raising
Other
Target group: 
Employers
Managers
OSH consultant
Safety officers
Workers representatives

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