Occupational exposure to chemicals during the decommisioning of plants in the industrial area of Venice

Teresio Marchì, Giorgio Carradori, Nicola de Fonzo

Abstract


The aim of this work is to study the exposure to hazardous chemicals during the decommissioning of industrial plants located in the industrial area of Porto Marghera. The work, which took place between October 2010 and February 2015, regarded the decommissioning of 4 chemical and metallurgical plants, resulting in a significant organizational and operational effort with a considerable amount of economic, instrumental and professional resources employed. During these activities the Pubblic Health and Safety Autority (SPISAL), has prescribed ordinances and provisions asking for high standard chemical risk assessment and improvement of the prevention and protection measures of workers. This paper describes in detail personal data exposure of workers to dangeorus chemicals which concentrations in air, in the course of decommissioning and demolition operations in these plants, have proved to be, in some cases, particularly high, up to exceed the limit values. The experience demonstrates the potential hazard of decommissioning activities above all in industrial plants characterized in the past by the presence of hazardous substances in the production process. For this reason a special effort in terms of prevention is required both for site’s security organization and for Pubblic Health and Safety Authority.


Keywords


chemicals, plants decommissioning, polluted industrial sites, occupational exposure, risk assessment

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