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Topical Workshop 4
10th European Work Hazards Network Conference 2006
29th September – 1st October 2006; Baltic Beach Hotel, Jurmala, Latvia
Topic Workshop 4: Dusts
Facilitated by Nol Verhaaf and Johan Huver, Netherlands
Report of the workshop on substances and working conditions - a smouldering danger, in:
The following participants were present in the workshop:
Harm Wolters (Netherlands, manager agriculture), Jan Kuipers (Netherlands, agrarian company attendant), Johan Huver (Netherlands, agrarian company attendant), Nol Verhaaff (Netherlands, advanced resigned), PaulBoon (Netherlands, advanced resigned), Kim Bügel Nielsen (Denmark, industrial worker), Bo Rødekilde (Denmark, industrial worker), Tom Larsen (Denmark, electrician), Nijole Vanaoiene (Latvia, Assistant manager director), Halvor Erikstein (Norway, Occupational Hygienist).
Programme of the workshop:
Before we could start with the congress we got the information that the workshop have not three but two periods of an hour. That meaned that we had to change the workshop design to meet those requirements, because we had prepared the matter well for three periods. For the preparing group that meant extra work during the congress and the repsective tension, however, they succeed.
At Saturday after the lunch our working group setted up the workshop design differently. Because of our good preparation we succeeded to do the workshop in a very short time. As a group we were proud.
We have seized in the presentation to sheets of the presentation 2 years suffered in Helsingor
The workshop started with a familiarisation of the participants. Then the questions of questionnaire 1 were discussed in a relaxed discussion. The presentation was kept in english and was divided into three parts:
How and why of the project of the working party substance.
The production chain of the foodstuffs industry
The method of 5 W
The initial presentation was stretched because the preparation had asked nevertheless much on this day. After some observations of Paul Boon, the stress changed rapidly to entertainment and we really felt themselves Nol Verhaaff at its ease.
The first part of the presentation was discussed: What is substance and where the workshop proceeds? What has happened in the Netherlands and in Europe?
After this presentation questionnaire 2 was distributed and filled in by the participants. The outcomes were discussed with each other.
Nevertheless, here the participants had many questions. People asked for tools with which they could tackle the substance problem. The questions also concerned to people in the installation line and to workers in construction works as well.
Nol Verhaaff indicated that is there in the Netherlands a Internet site of construction in cooperation with the construction's employers, called Arbouw http://www.arbouw.nl/ , where a lot of information and tools are to be found. It was agreed that information about Arbouw will be passed on.
After this discussion a pause followed.
After the pause Nol Verhaaff gave the Second part of the presentation. In that part aims and activities of the project of the working group dust were discussed:
The production chain of the food industry
In this project is important that we examine all steps in the chain and describe the substances in sheets to briefly give in this way structured information to people on problems with substance which we can encounter.
The following part of the presentation concerned a piece tool and
the method of 5 W.
Many questions were asked concerning this method, and Nol Verhaaff's attention was extended given to the steps of the method. After this presentation the 3rd questionnaire was distributed and it was explained why that questionnaire was used.
Complex-driven by of the problems in the organisations where one worked, we let discuss everyone in the round what to learn in the different situations the problems are those people to encounter.
The time after had been extended to fill in the questionnaire. Also it is judicious after answer of the questions people give the occasion himself clear their situation to make.
Below the method of five W is explained closer.
What can occur and what can we do regarding the substance problem?
For problems to occur or solve, it is important step by step examine what is to the hand there. The steps in this are:
What wants reach we
Examine where the problems sit exactly
Examine which places cause the most of problems, and stipulate where first must be started to carry out solutions
makes agreements to solve the problems. Leave: someone is responsible and indicate a time path on which the problem must be solved
Examines we if the problems are also really solved, and if there additional measures must be taken
Conclusions of the workshop:
An example is sharpening grooves in concrete and one gets make stone also with quartz.
NolVerhaaff then makes an inventory of the problems and try to pass hand barrels to reach a solution of those problems.
The participants will translate the sheets in the language of their country and spread this way this information further. People were speak complete well concerning these examples.
Dust and working conditions a smouldering danger