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It was decided that a scheme to develop practical skills within small enterprises and provide them with support regarding chemical safety was needed. The project included: • assessing the situation and needs within enterprises • training managers, foremen and workers of small firms to assess health, safety and environmental risks arising from the use of chemicals • guidebooks on chemical risk assessment and management for five industrial sectors • developing a chemical risk assessment support scheme with the assistance of own staff, specialists and authorities Assessment of chemical risks in company level Chemical and environmental data in each firm were collected with the help of questionnaires. Expert consultants carried out site visits at each company. The production methods and facilities, the chemicals used, the quality of safety data sheets, the accuracy of product labels, technical precautions taken to reduce occupational exposures, use of personal protection, waste treatment and pollution discharged into air and water were all assessed in cooperation with the chemical manager. Chemical managers started compiling their risk management strategy.

Level of Education: Continuing vocational education and training

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