European Crash Course in Management of Dangerous Substances at the Workplace, Innsbruck, Austria.

Our first European crash course was organised in cooperation with the Austrian General Accident Insurance Board (AUVA) and attracted 97 occupational health and safety professionals from Austria.

The two-hour hands-on crash course was part of the 2018 Forum Prävention” and took place on 4 June in Innsbruck, Austria. The participants were introduced to compliance with the EU chemicals legislation related to dangerous substances at the workplace, the basics of risk assessment and the use of quantitative exposure tools. The importance of communicating hazards, risks and control measures was explained. Furthermore, the participants had to perform their own quantitative risk assessment for an exposure situation demonstrated at the workshop. They used the Stoffenmanager® risk assessment tool. The risk assessment process was broken down into three steps: (1) create components and products (inventory), (2) perform quantitative risk assessments for the product entered and exposure situation demonstrated and (3) manage and communicate e.g. produce reports, action plans and work instruction cards and revise and update the risk assessment.

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