A pilot survey on usability and effectiveness of extended data sheets of chemicals

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  • Giovanna Tranfo INAIL Department of occupational medicine, epidemiology and hygiene, Monteporzio Catone. Roma
  • Vanessa Manni INAIL Department of occupational medicine, epidemiology and hygiene, Roma
  • Adelina Brusco INAIL Statistical Department, Roma
  • Giuseppe Bucci INAIL Statistical Department, Roma
  • Renato Cabella INAIL Department of occupational medicine, epidemiology and hygiene, Monteporzio Catone. Roma
  • Maria Rosaria Fizzano INAIL Advisory Department for risks assessment and prevention, Roma
  • Giuseppe Gargaro INAIL Advisory Department for risks assessment and prevention, Roma
  • Monica Gherardi INAIL Department of occupational medicine, epidemiology and hygiene, Monteporzio Catone. Roma
  • Francesca Grosso INAIL Department of occupational medicine, epidemiology and hygiene, Roma
  • Emma Incocciati INAIL Advisory Department for risks assessment and prevention, Roma
  • Stefano Signorini INAIL Department of occupational medicine, epidemiology and hygiene, Roma
  • Ester Rotoli INAIL Directorate for Prevention, Roma
Keywords: exposure scenario, downstream users, small and medium enterprises, chemical risk assessment

Abstract

Under REACH, companies are responsible for managing chemicals safely and to inform downstream users by means of the extended safety data sheets (e-SDS), so that they also can handle safely these chemicals.The project results from a collaboration between Inail (National Institute for Insurance against Accidents at Work,) and Echa (European Chemicals Agency), to gather information from downstream users on the usability and effectiveness of the e-SDS.  The impact that e-SDS have on the chemical risk assessment process and on the risk management measures was also investigated.

The study involved 1598 companies of the Wood, Plastic Rubber, Tanning, Paper and Cardboard, and Textiles sectors, extracted from the Inail archive of insured companies.

All companies were asked to complete an online questionnaire, using the Computer Assisted Web Interviewing (CAWI) technique, accessible from any mobile device. The response rate was 44%, higher than the average of CAWI surveys, with peaks for the wood sector and for company size of 10 - 49 employees.

The e-SDS resulted of fundamental importance for drafting the Chemicals Risk Assessment Document. This relevance increases as the company size decreases, but at the same time the difficulty in interpreting and using the information increases.

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Published
2020-10-01