Factsheet 90: Maintenance and OSH — a statistical picture

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2010

Description

Occupational diseases and work-related health problems (such as asbestosis, cancer, hearing problems and musculoskeletal disorders) are prevalent among workers involved in maintenance activities. Maintenance workers are also at risk of all types of accidents. EUROSTAT data from five EU countries indicate that at least 15-20% of all accidents and 10-15% of all fatal accidents were related to maintenance operations in 2006. It is essential to implement appropriate risk assessment procedures for maintenance operations, as well as to employ adequate preventive measures to ensure the safety and health of workers involved in maintenance activities.

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Sector / Industry covered: 
Réparation et installation de machines et d'équipements
TRANSPORTS ET ENTREPOSAGE
Restaurants et services de restauration mobile
Provider: 
European Agency for Safety and Health at Work
Tasks covered: 
Cleaning or Disinfecting
Construction
Biological hazard: 
Microbiological hazards (Microorganism)
Biochemical hazards
Fungi
Viruses
Bacteria
Hazard - physical state: 
Dusts
Gases
Liquids
Nanoparticles (airborne liquids/solids including smoke or mist)
Solids
Hazard - health effects: 
Carcinogens
Exposure route: 
Dermal contact
Ingestion
Inhalation
Skin absorption
Substance Description: 

asbestos, welding fumes

CAS Number: 
12172-73-5
EC number: 
601-801-3
Prevention measures: 
Level 1. Elimination of hazards
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)
Purpose of the material: 
General information
Report
Target group: 
All (no specific target group)

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