Respiratory sensitisers

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2003

Description

For the 2003 European Week for Safety and Health at Work, EU-OSHA produced a series of factsheets focusing on the communication of occupational safety and health-related information on dangerous substances. Respiratory sensitisers are biological and chemical agents that can induce allergic respiratory diseases in humans. This factsheet discusses important issues related to exposure to these agents and appropriate prevention measures. 

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Sector / Industry covered: 
Animal production
Mixed farming
Manufacture of food products
Manufacture of grain mill products, starches and starch products
Manufacture of textiles
Sawmilling and planing of wood
Manufacture of paper and paper products
Manufacture of basic pharmaceutical products and pharmaceutical preparations
Manufacture of rubber and plastic products
Manufacture of glass and glass products
Forging, pressing, stamping and roll-forming of metal; powder metallurgy
Manufacture of computer, electronic and optical products
CONSTRUCTION
Veterinary activities
Cleaning activities
Human health activities
Medical and dental practice activities
Botanical and zoological gardens and nature reserves activities
Hairdressing and other beauty treatment
Provider: 
European Agency for Safety and Health at Work
Tasks covered: 
Applying Glues or Sealants
Applying Pesticides
Applying Surface Coatings
Beauty Culture
Cleaning or Disinfecting
Construction
Contact with Humans or Animals
Dyeing or Tanning
Electroplating
Food Processing
Handling Animals
Handling Chemicals
Handling Plants
Heating or Machining Plastics/Rubber
Heating, Machining, or Welding Metal
Installing or Removing Insulation
Manufacturing
Medical and Dental Services
Processing Materials
Processing Moldy Organic Materials
Smelting and Casting Metal
Woodworking
Working Indoors
Working Outdoors
Biological hazard: 
Microbiological hazards (Microorganism)
Fungi
Hazard - physical state: 
Aerosols
Dusts
Fibres
Vapours
Hazard - health effects: 
Asthmagens
Other
Exposure route: 
Inhalation
Substance Description: 

Respiratory sensitisers:

Silica, vitreous, Chlorine dioxide, Cumene, Formaldehyde, Papain, Asbestos, Amorphous silica, Chlorine, Isocyanic acid

CAS Number: 
1332-21-4
112945-52-5
7782-50-5
98-82-8
50-00-0
75-13-8
9001-73-4
60676-86-0
10049-04-4
EC number: 
262-373-8
233-162-8
202-704-5
200-001-8
232-627-2
603-721-4
601-216-3
231-959-5
616-189-3
Prevention measures: 
Level 1. Substitution
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
Level 3. Reducing / minimising the risk by personal measures (PPE)
Hygiene measures
Purpose of the material: 
Awareness raising
General information
Guidance
Target group: 
Employers
Managers
OSH consultant
Safety officers
Trainers
Workers representatives

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