Maintenance and occupational safety and health — a statistical picture

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2010

Beskrivning

Maintenance is a generic term for a variety of tasks in different sectors and all kinds of working environments. This report aims to provide an overview of maintenance workers in Europe with regard to their exposure to hazards and the main risks, health problems and types of accident. It also gives some indication as to appropriate prevention measures. Around 6% of workers are involved in maintenance activities on a daily basis. Because they carry out a wide range of activities, these workers are exposed to many and varied hazards at work. There are physical hazards (e.g. noise, vibration, excessive heat and cold, radiation, high physical workload), chemical hazards (e.g. work with asbestos, welding, exposure to dangerous substances when working in confined spaces), biological hazards (e.g. legionella) and psychosocial hazards (e.g. poor work organisation). Maintenance workers are also at risk of all types of accidents. Figures from EUROSTAT indicate that around 10-15% of all fatal accidents are related to maintenance operations

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Sector / Industry covered: 
Reparation och installation av maskiner och apparater
Provider: 
European Agency for Safety and Health at Work
Tasks covered: 
Miscellaneous
Biological hazard: 
Fungi
Viruses
Bacteria
Parasites
Hazard - physical state: 
Aerosols
Dusts
Fibres
Gases
Liquids
Solids
Vapours
Hazard - health effects: 
Allergens
Skin sensitisers
Asthmagens
Asphyxiants
Carcinogens
Mutagens
Reprotoxic substances
Neurotoxic substances
Irritants
Toxic substances
Fire and explosion
Heat
Cold
Infection
Exposure route: 
Dermal contact
Ingestion
Inhalation
Ocular (through eyes)
Sharps and cuts
Skin absorption
Substance Description: 

asbestos; asphalt fumes, polycyclic hydrocarbons (PAHs); carbon monoxide; diesel exhaust; organic solvents; biological agents; dust; herbicides; benzene; lead; silica.

CAS Number: 
61790-53-2
12001-28-4
630-08-0
91995-23-2
7439-92-1
71-43-2, 1076-43-3
EC number: 
231-545-4
601-649-8
211-128-3
295-284-8
231-100-4
200-753-7
Prevention measures: 
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: 
Awareness raising
General information
Guidance
Measurement and assessment
Risk assessment
Training
Warning message / Alert
Target group: 
Employers
Managers
Occupational health physician
OSH consultant
Policy makers
Researchers
Safety officers
Supervisor
Trainees
Trainers
Workers
Workers representatives

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