Magazine 6 - Dangerous Substances Handle with care
Dangerous substances are present in most workplaces. Asbestos in buildings, solvents in metalworking, diesel exhaust fumes in garages, and viral hepatitis in hospitals all preent a wide variety of threats to human health. The European Union is committed to reducing the risk to workers from dangerous substances. Action is under way at all levels, from the REACH programme to assess the risks of substances before they are marketed, through the agreement of common exposure limits, to the provision of ‘good practice’ information for workers and employers.