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1 Asbestos exposure in Europe Cristina Garcia Herguedas FCCCo H&S Department Manager 24 June 2015 Health and Safety Fcc Construction

2 EU Asbestos Consumption Tons / year Main Uses: Construction Industry: elements of asbestos-containing cement like water pipes, water tanks, asbestos sheets Automotive Industry: Brake pads, clutches, hood liners, gaskets and valves. Textile Industry: protective clothing such as protective jackets for firefighters Railway Industry: Engine, carriage, boiler insolation. Brakes, clutch. Refrigeration elements. Naval Industry: Boiler insolation, hot water pipes, steam pipes Maximum consumption time period Austria Belgium and Luxembourg Germany Denmark Finland France Greece Ireland Italy Netherlands Norway Portugal Spain Sweden United Kingdom Romania

3 EU Chronologyof National Asbestos Bans Tons/ year Germany Finland France Italy Norway Portugal Spain United Kingdom Romania

4 EU Asbestos Consumption / Disease EU Asbestos Ban Directive 2003/18/EC Directive 1999/77/EC Tons/year Directive 83/477/EEC EU Consumption EU Asbestos Disease

5 EU Asbestos Consumption / Disease Tons/year Directive 83/477/EEC EU Consumption EU Asbestos Disease

6 Measure The number of workers exposed must be limited to the lowest possible figure VL< 0,1fibres/cm3 (8h) the places shall be clearly demarcated and indicated, not be accessible, Documentation Record in the RERA Plan of work, it shall include: a) The activities and processes involved. b) Type and characteristics of asbestos. c) The location of the work site. d) The starting date and duration of the work,. e) List of workers involve, with names, profession, professional category, training and experience.. f) Preventive measure. g) Equipment use for worker protection. h) Implemented measures to avoid the exposition of people who are on the work place or nearby. i) Measures aim to inform workers about the risks they are exposed. j) Measures for waste removal k) Company health and safety officers l) Procedure establish to assess and control the work ambient. Assess and control records Health monitoring records Exposure control Training The properties of asbestos and its effects on health, including the synergistic effect of smoking. The types of products or materials likely to contain asbestos. The operations that could result in asbestos exposure and the importance of preventive controls to minimize exposure. Safe work practices, controls and protective equipment. The appropriate role, choice, selection, limitations and proper use of respiratory equipment. Emergency procedures. Decontamination procedures. Waste disposal. Medical examination requirements. Specialised and recorded Companies All companies developing any activity likely to involve a risk of exposure to Asbestos dust shall be recorded in the Registro de Empresas con Riesgo por Amianto (RERA) Hygiene standards Workers are provided with appropriate and adequate washing and toilet facilities The working or protective clothing remains within the undertaking Separate storage places are provided for working or protective clothing and for street clothes Personal Protection Equipment Use : Less than 4 h/day Health monitoring An assessment of each worker's state of health must be available prior to the beginning of exposure New assessment must be available at least once every three years for as long as exposure continues. Smoking aggravates the consequences of Asbestos Waste Managment Suitable sealed packing with labels indicating that it contains asbestos must be used.

7 Asbestos exposure: Different situations Exposure values Asbestos Uses/ Removal works Asbestos sheets removal Asbestos sheets Pipes removal Water Pipes Asbestos-containing mortar removal Fire protection

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9 Conclusion Asbestos has been consumed in the EU to manufacture products in all kind of industries such as construction, textile, railway, automotive, naval and aeronautical, along the twenty century until its ban Diseases caused by Asbestos are a consequence of exposure to high level of fibers dispersed on the air, for long terms Asbestos Nowadays, Asbestos exposure only happen on asbestos removal works, therefore this exposure is controlled.

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