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various countries
Various countries: Contract to Develop a Proposal for Commission Practical Guidelines for the Training of Workers involved in Work with Asbestos either during Removal or Maintenance Work
Subject Area
Occupational Health and Safety / Accident Insurance
Donor organization
Start of Project
April 2009
End of Project
June 2010
15 months
Partner Organisations
Description of Project
General objective:
This project’s general objective is to prepare practical guidelines for the training of asbestos removal workers both as part of their main, identifiable, remit, i.e. workers with a duty to remove identified asbestos, meaning in principle that such workers have been made aware of the risks they incur, and less well informed workers that may come across asbestos containing structures during more general maintenance/removal work. The study serves as an important step towards strong adequate measures for the prevention of asbestos exposure across the EU, as the effects to the national economy are rather clearly negative, especially due to the very severe character of asbestos-related diseases.

Specific objectives:
The study will be divided into the following individual stages:
  • Analysis of existing legislation and literature review and assessment of existing guidelines
  • Analysis of existing procedures and best practices and determining factors for exposure including types of sectors and enterprises Performing a multiple case study to describe and assess different approaches to the prevention of asbestos-related risks during maintenance and demolition works on the basis of a representative sample of enterprises
  • Analysis of costs of prevention compared to costs of likely medical problems based on typical scenarios of workers’ exposure to asbestos taking account of the costs for inefficient or ineffective preventive approaches
  • “Draft Guideline” sample publication
Description of Services
  • Literature review and data collection
  • Elaboration of country profiles
  • Identification of best practices
  • Collecting the already existing guidelines
  •  Evaluation of different of country experiences, best practice examples, guidelines
  • Organisation of pilot training/workshop
  • Drafting the guideline sample publication
  • Elaboration of the final report