Workers are exposed to dangerous substances in many European workplaces. Such
exposures are more common than most people realise and, in fact, may occur in
almost all workplaces. This presents major safety and health concerns.
Workplace exposures to dangerous substances are linked to acute and long-term
health issues, including:
- respiratory diseases (e.g. asthma, rhinitis, asbestosis and silicosis)
- harm to inner organs, including the brain and the nervous system
- skin irritation and diseases
- occupational cancers (e.g. leukaemia, lung cancer, mesothelioma and cancer of
the nasal cavity).
In addition, the presence of dangerous substances can put workers at risk of
fire, explosion, acute poisoning and suffocation.
Therefore dangerous substances continue to pose risks to the safety and health
of Europe's workers. Raising awareness of the need to eliminate exposure to
these substances - and manage them where that's not possible - is the focus of
the new campaign Healthy Workplaces Manage Dangerous Substances. The campaign
has been launched at a press conference in Brussels on 24 April 2018.
AplusA-online.de - Source: European Agency for Safety and Health at Work