Finland: Controlling worker exposure to chemicals during adhesive manufacturing


An adhesive manufacturing company in Finland has implemented a multifaceted approach to protect its workers from dangerous chemicals. The case study details how, through a combination of measures, exposure levels are so low that personal protective equipment is not required for most work processes.

The main emphasis is on technical measures, such as the use of extensive ventilation systems, and organisational measures, including comprehensive worker training and the careful selection of new chemicals based on safety data sheets and exposure scenarios. The company has also stopped producing solvent-based adhesives to eliminate the use of certain hazardous chemicals and the associated risks to workers.

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