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You are here: Home Our Events Belgian EU Presidency Speech Venues Workshop 3 - Maintenance and dangerous substances Overview of workers’ exposure while performing repair and maintenance work

Overview of workers’ exposure while performing repair and maintenance work

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Overview of workers’ exposure while performing repair and maintenance work
Nov 25, 2010 09:30 AM
Nov 25, 2010 10:00 AM


Workers doing repair and maintenance work experience much higher levels of exposure to dangerous substances than workers doing normal work, because they frequently have to handle chemicals whilst e.g. they change cooling lubricants or brake fluids, replace cleaning baths. Furthermore they are often exposed to welding and soldering fumes. The speaker presented research conducted by INRS from France measuring the exposure to certain hazardous products of employees doing maintenance work in chemical plants. INRS found that in almost all cases the applicable OELs were exceeded and PPE was hardly used. Although the service companies were specialised to do this work their equipment was often not adequate for the specific type of plant. The speaker explained the urgently needed steps to improve the situation and made it clear that especially the collective protective equipment for employees doing maintenance work has to be improved.


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Workshop 3 - Michel Hery.ppt