Substitution of dangerous substances in the workplace

March 2, 2018 | rabate


The European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) is running a Europe-wide campaign from 2018 to 2019 to promote the prevention of risks from dangerous substances in workplaces.

The aim is to reduce the presence of and exposure to dangerous substances in workplaces by raising awareness of the risks and of effective ways of preventing them.

This information sheet outlines a range of fundamental principles, practical hints, best practices, risk assessment tools and methods, and useful links to guide you through the stepwise process of substitution of dangerous substances in the workplace.

Exposure to dangerous substances in the workplace continues to be a major safety and health issue. The health effects can be life changing and even fatal.

The best way to reduce the risks is elimination or substitution — removing the substance by changing the process or product in which it is used or replacing it with a less dangerous one.

Substitution is a stepwise process and a complete risk assessment is a key step in the process.

By working together, EU-OSHA stress that both management and workers can build a strong risk prevention culture whereby substitution is part of prevention and protection routines.

The information sheet can be found here


February 2018

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