Seminar report — Chemical substances at work: facing up to the challenges

EU & international information
EU
English
2009

Description

This summary contains of seven PowerPoint presentations about chemical substances at work and nanomaterials.

At the beginning of 2009, the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) published the report 'Expert forecast on emerging chemical risks related to occupational safety and health'. This was the last of a series of four European Risk Observatory reports dedicated to expert forecasts of emerging risks, the three previous reports having focused on physical, biological and psychosocial risks. A seminar was held in Brussels on 2 and 3 March 2009 to consolidate the findings of the study with policy-makers, social partners and stakeholders, and to discuss priorities for further research and actions, concrete ways of tackling the risks, and how the participants thought that EU-OSHA could help in this matter — similarly to the seminars on emerging biological risks (see 'Occupational risks from biological agents: Facing up to the challenges' in the section 'Our events') held in 2007 and on emerging psychosocial risks (see 'Emerging psychosocial risks') in 2008. A series of short presentations, focusing on the main issues identified in the forecast, were given to trigger discussion. On the basis of the presentations and subsequent discussions, participants were invited to propose priorities and actions. Some 30 participants and representatives attended the workshop from the European Commission (Directorates General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion (DG EMPL), Health and Consumers Protection (DG SANCO), and Environment (DG ENV)), European social partners (the European Chemical Industry Council (Cefic) and the European Trade Union Institute (ETUI)), the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA), the World Health Organization (WHO), the International Labour Organization (ILO), national experts and major occupational safety and health (OSH) research institutions. EU-OSHA would like to thank all participants for their valuable comments and opinions.

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Sector / Industry covered: 
AGRICULTURE, SYLVICULTURE ET PÊCHE
INDUSTRIE MANUFACTURIÈRE
Industries alimentaires
CONSTRUCTION
Activités de nettoyage
Provider: 
European Agency for Safety and Health at Work
Tasks covered: 
Applying Pesticides
Cleaning or Disinfecting
Construction
Food Processing
Hazard - physical state: 
Aerosols
Dusts
Fibres
Gases
Liquids
Nanoparticles (airborne liquids/solids including smoke or mist)
Solids
Vapours
Hazard - health effects: 
Allergens
Skin sensitisers
Carcinogens
Mutagens
Reprotoxic substances
Neurotoxic substances
Irritants
Toxic substances
Exposure route: 
Dermal contact
Ingestion
Inhalation
Skin absorption
Substance Description: 

Pesticide mixtures: Organophosphates (Azamethiphos,Chlorpyrifos, Dichlorvos, Dimethoate, Ethoprophos, Fosthiazate, Malathion, Pirimiphos-methyl, Tolclofos-methyl); Carbamates (Methiocarb,Oxamyl, Pirimicarb, Thiodicarb, Bendiocarb, Benfuracarb, Aldicarb)

 

Particles and dust: Nanoparticles and ultrafine particles, diesel exhaust, man-made mineral fibres, dust in the recycling sector, welding fumes, crystalline silica, asbestos, powder paints, wood particles.

 

Allergenic and sensitising substances: Epoxy resins, isocyanates, hardeners in polymers (acrylates and isocyanates), organic acid anhydrides (e.g. new applications in epoxy resins and paints), dertergents (especially containing glycols and esters), enzymes, UV-curable inks containing acrylates,  metal-cutting fluids, allergenic metals (nickel, cobalt, chromium ions), hydrocarbon mixtures

 

Carcinogenic, mutagenic and reprotoxic substances: Asbestos, (passive) tobacco smoke, crystalline silica, diesel exhaust, radon, wood dust, organic solvents, endocrine disruptors, POPs, aromatic amines (in hair products), biocides, additives in food & textile industries (azo dyes), combined carcinogens, reprotoxicants.

 

Benzene, Dioxin, Formaldehyde, Trichloroethylene

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


CAS Number: 
68855-54-9
12172-73-5
68334-30-5
7440-02-0
7440-48-4
71-43-2, 1076-43-3
123-91-1
50-00-0
79-01-6
EC number: 
272-489-0
601-801-3
269-822-7
231-111-4
231-158-0
200-753-7
204-661-8
200-001-8
201-167-4
Prevention measures: 
Level 1. Elimination of hazards
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)
Training / guidance
Hygiene measures
Purpose of the material: 
General information
Target group: 
All (no specific target group)

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