Practical tools and guidance on dangerous substances

Los Estados miembros, las instituciones europeas, las asociaciones empresariales, los interlocutores sociales y otros agentes han desarrollado una serie de herramientas y directrices para ayudar a las empresas a llevar a cabo evaluaciones de riesgos exhaustivas y efectivas. Estas herramientas representan un amplio abanico de métodos para gestionar con eficacia las sustancias peligrosas. A menudo cubren operaciones de trabajo específicas, tales como llenar y bombear líquidos o procesos de soldadura. Otras fuentes ofrecen una visión global de un cierto grupo de sustancias, como los sensibilizadores, o resaltan los riesgos típicos de determinados sectores.

Aparte, además de dar apoyo a la evaluación de riesgos de alta calidad, la mayoría de estas herramientas incluyen buenas prácticas, que explican cómo reducir los riesgos en situaciones de trabajo comunes, incluida la exposición a sustancias peligrosas. Así mismo, existen también herramientas para dar apoyo a actores específicos, tales como inspectores de trabajo, pequeñas y medianas empresas y representantes de los trabajadores, entre muchos otros. Vale la pena explorar este sitio para conocer la ayuda que se ofrece.

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Letonia English Case study

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Letonia English Case study

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Estonia English Case study

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Hungría English Case study

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The website provides information about exposure to asbestos in construction. In Finland, asbestos was used in building materials between 1922 and 1992. The use of asbestos was particularly abundant between 1963 and 1979. Asbestos was used in construction, including in pipe insulations, spraying...

EUPolonia English Case study

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España Spanish Visual resources

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Alemania German Visual resources

The poster was created as a call for entries to the German Hazardous Substances Protection Award. The awards are looking for good tools or methods for reducing the exposure to asbestos or other dusts.

Arbetsmiljö Verket Suecia Swedish MS information

General information about nanomaterials with weblinks to additional information.

Reino Unido English MS information

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