Contribution to the analysis of the impact of hazardous chemicals on employee health case study: Company SARL EL CHAFEK (Algeria)


R. Bouzerara*, R. Chaib and I. Verzea

Iindustrial hygiene can be reduced as the anticipation, identification, evaluation and control of health risks in the work area, or even putting primary prevention at the heart of our occupational health system. Henceforth, the prevention and occupational health services no longer have as their exclusive mission to avoid any alteration of the health of workers due to their work, even if this remains their main mission. However, its ultimate goal is to preserve the health and well-being of workers, during their working life, with a state of health compatible with their continued employment, or even their retirement in good health. Thus, this prevention also contributes to the achievement of public health objectives. Two main techniques are used in this work: investigation and diagnosis. Investigation means searching for the causes of observed or anticipated effects, inspecting workplaces, conducting preventive interviews with employees and investigating incidents and accidents. As for the diagnostic side, it consists in defining the sources of risk, the seriousness of the risk and the necessary means to reduce it to an acceptable level or to eliminate it completely, which is the objective of this work, by means of observations and data collected in the workplace. As a case study, we have chosen a battery manufacturing and recovery company.

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