The Flexible Method for Risk Assessment of Chemicals in Manufacturing
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This study focuses on risk assessment of chemicals and dust in manufacturing. An innovative approach to assess the occupational hazards using a flexible risk assessment method is presented. The method is worked out as an alternative to the risk assessment method presented in British Standard 8800 and is more understandable for employers who have to carry out risk assessment themselves. Practical examples and the results of measurements of occupational hazards in five industries (mechanical, printing, wood, plastic and textile) are presented. The overall purpose of the paper is to draw the attention to the importance of measurements of occupational hazards in industry and to act as a reminder of number of issues of practical relevance to effective workplace risk assessment from which employees, employers, occupational hygienists and physicians as well as authorities can benefit today and in the future.
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