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Csomor A.,Regierungsprasidium Kassel | Brucksch E.,Regierungsprasidium Kassel | Krutisch I.,Behorde fur Gesundheit und Verbraucherschutz | Lau S.,Behorde fur Gesundheit und Verbraucherschutz | And 2 more authors.
Gefahrstoffe Reinhaltung der Luft

Studies performed by the Land measurement centres of Hamburg, Hesse and Rhineland-Palatinate and by the social accident insurance institution for the raw materials and chemical industry have succeeded in ascertaining the level of solvent exposure during the manufacture of solvent-based lacquer. Depending on the solvents employed, the capturing quality of the ventilation equipment and the plant technology, the data obtained show considerable variation. In all work areas in lacquer manufacture, the limit values (95th percentile) were exceeded. Due to the lack of their own efficiency checks, many firms did not make full use of the available technical and organisational measures. The measurements show that solvent exposure can be significantly reduced by the consistent use of ventilation equipment and the targeted substitution of aromatic-rich hydrocarbon mixtures for cleaning. Source

Schmid B.,Regierungsprasidium Kassel | Wehde J.,Regierungsprasidium Kassel | Vater U.,Regierungsprasidium Kassel
Gefahrstoffe Reinhaltung der Luft

For occupational tasks with epoxy resin systems, the employer is obliged to carry out a risk assessment to determine and define the protective measures required to prevent skin contact and protect the skin. The risk assessment resorts primarily to safety data sheets and other manufacturer information containing specific instructions for safe handling and skin protection. The results of a project of Hesse's OSH administration in the years 2007 and 2008 show that there is considerable need for action both on the part of manufacturers/formulators in terms of the quality and supply of information and on the part of employers in the preparation and implementation of risk assessments. The results have been discussed with representatives of the manufacturers' and craft associations and BG BAU (BG for the construction industry) with agreement on action for an improvement in hazardous substance information by manufacturers/formulators and for support for specialist firms in the performance of employer duties. For 2011, Hesse's OSH administration is planning an efficiency review of the project. Source

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