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OSH in the green economy – a victim or an integrated aim?. Seminar : Green jobs - safe jobs? Jobs and the environment in the waste and recycling sectors 27 March 2014, Hotel Silken Berlaymont , Brussels Ann-Beth Antonsson, Adjunct professor, IVL and KTH Royal Institute of Technology.

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Osh in the green economy a victim or an integrated aim

OSH in the green economy – a victim or an integrated aim?

Seminar: Green jobs - safe jobs? Jobs and the environment in the waste and recycling sectors

27 March 2014, Hotel Silken Berlaymont, Brussels

Ann-Beth Antonsson, Adjunct professor, IVL and KTH Royal InstituteofTechnology


  • The green economy

    • Resource efficiency

      • Recycling, waste as a resource

    • Detoxification

      • Introduction of new and sometimes unknown materials

    • New raw materials

      • “Natural” materials

      • Biofuels

      • Waste for incineration

    • New processes & products

      • Windmills


The green economy
The green economy …

  • will change the working environment


Recycling
Recycling

  • Recycling of materials, e.g. paper, glass, biodegradable waste, metal waste, plastics, tires


Recycling1
Recycling

  • The first site for recycling of materials in Denmark was closed down due to working environment problems

  • Ventilation was poor and not designed for handling of waste that emitted dust and microorganisms when handled

  • OTDS, organic toxic dust syndrome, due to exposure to mould, endotoxins etc. that thrives on organic material


Conclusion
Conclusion

  • The green economy will change the working environment …

  • … sometimes for better sometimes for worse

  • A lesson learned: It is important to evaluate what the effects are, to identify potential problems and prevent deterioration of the working environment


Conclusion1
Conclusion

  • The green economy may start with new ideas in small businesses

  • New small businesses are often not very well aware of the working environment, more prone to under-estimate or overlook emerging risks

  • A lesson learned: Special efforts are needed for these businesses


Conclusion2
Conclusion

  • Important decisions are taken in the design phase of products and processes

  • Environment is often considered, Design For Environment, DFE

  • Health and safety often considered as a factor that can be dealt with much later

  • A lesson learned: Need to include working environment aspects in the design phase, need for effective/cost effective methods


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