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Document ID (ISN)101965
CIS number 03-812
ISBN(s) 0-7176-2543-5
Year 2002
Convention or series no. HSE Research Report RR 014
Author(s) Tijssen S.C.H.A., Links I.H.M.
Health and Safety Executive
Title Ways for SMEs to assess and control risks from hazardous substances - Report of an international workshop held on 26 & 27 November 2001
Bibliographic information HSE Books, P.O. Box 1999, Sudbury, Suffolk CO10 2WA, United Kingdom, 2002. vi, 16p. Price: GBP 10.00.
Internet access http://www.hse.gov.uk/research/rrpdf/rr014.pdf [in English]
Abstract Many companies pay little attention to assessing exposure to chemicals and to the control of risks. This is specially true of small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs). In November 2001, a workshop entitled "Finding ways to help small and medium sized firms assess and manage the risks from hazardous substances" was organized in The Hague (The Netherlands) to share information on tools for assessment and control. There was a broad consensus among participants of several European institutes involved in this field regarding tools suited to SMEs: they need simple tools with explanations in plain language; tools should have a sound scientific basis; computer-based tools are worth developing since more and more workplaces have Internet access; since many tools use the data of safety data sheets as a starting point, they should be as accurate as possible. Several actions were agreed on in order to take these ideas forward.
Descriptors (primary) dangerous substances; hazard evaluation; total loss control; small enterprises
Descriptors (secondary) Netherlands; public OSH institutions; United Kingdom; data sheet; international cooperation; conference; computer applications; report
Document type E - Books, reports, proceedings
Country / State or ProvinceUnited Kingdom; Netherlands
Subject(s) Toxic and dangerous substances
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Browse category(ies) Risk evaluation
Small and medium-sized enterprises