Challenge 4.3: Safe working procedures

‘Safe working procedures’ can come in place as accepted alternatives for groups of businesses performing the same activity, instead of performing measurements and comparing with limit values for each company, for each activity, for each substance.

A safe working procedure describes how, and under what conditions, specific tasks and activities can be performed in such a way that the limit values for the substance are not exceeded with sufficient certainty. Instead of performing measurements and comparing with limit values for each activity, these procedures can come in place as accepted alternatives for groups of businesses performing the same activity. Therefore, establishing a safe working method can best be tackled by a consortium of similar companies or industry sectors in such a way that the procedure is applicable to all companies applying this method. Which means one tailored solution for many benefitting businesses.

In a couple of Member States, we notice positive effects for businesses, using these procedures and thereby creating a healthier workplace. For businesses, procedures need to be practical and clear. The Roadmap on Carcinogens will gather results, bring together stakeholders and promote the development of safe working procedures.

Planning

Challenge Team

  • Netherlands (Challenge lead), Roadmap-management

Stakeholders

  • Researchers
  • Sectoral organisations
  • Policy makers
  • Labour inspectors
  • Member states

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