04.08.2009

Expert forecast on emerging chemical risks related to occupational safety and health

There are an estimated 167,000 work-related fatalities in the EU-27 every year.
About 159,000 are attributable to work-related diseases, of which 74,000 may be
linked to workplace exposure to hazardous substances. The Community Strategy
2002-06 called on the Agency to set up a risk observatory to anticipate new and
emerging risks. The expert forecast was formulated within this context, from
the results of three consecutive questionnaire-based surveys using the Delphi
method. Forty-nine experts from 21 European countries participated in this
forecast.

The experts discuss the risks of

  • Particles i.e. Nanoparticles, Diesel exhaust, and Man-made mineral fibres

  • Allergenic and sensitising agents

  • Carcinogens, mutagens and reprotoxic substances

  • Sector-specific chemical risks

  • Combined risks


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AplusA-online.de - Source: European Agency for Safety and Health at Work