Symposium

Symposium organised by the French National Research and Safety Institute (INRS) and the Chemistry section of the International Social Security Association (ISSA)

1 – 03 June 2016 Paris, France

Endocrine disruptors and sensitising substances are two classes of substances with special hazards. This conference will review the effects of these substances on the health of exposed workers, the jobs concerned, the risks involved and the prevention solutions to be recommended.

CONFERENCE STRUCTURE

1 June at 2:00 p.m. to 3 June at 1:00 p.m., plenary sessions only

The official languages of the symposium are French, German and English, with simultaneous translation in these three languages.

TARGET AUDIENCE

  • Institutional OSH professionals, labour inspection, etc.
  • OSH practitioners in companies, safety and health managers, EHS professionals, safety engineers, etc.
  • Occupational physicians, toxicologists, occupational hygienists, etc.

SYMPOSIUM AIMS

Endocrine disruptors and sensitising substances are two classes of substances with special hazards. Endocrine disruptors are included in the list of "Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC)" in the REACH regulation. The effect of sensitising substances on exposed workers is well known due to the increasing number of allergic reactions and is a major field of investigation and prevention. Workers, just like the general population, can be exposed to these two groups of substances, which are widely used in industry as additives, feedstock, etc. The most well-known include phthalates used as plastifiers, bisphenols (A and S) used to produce epoxy resins, methylhexahydrophthalic anhydride (MHHPA) used to produce alkyd and polyester resins. Occupational exposure can occur both during the production of these substances and when they are used in raw form or included in a mixture. This symposium will review the effects of these substances, the jobs concerned, the risks involved and the prevention solutions to be recommended.

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