Important Links




AUVA – Soziale Unfallversicherung
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The AUVA is the Austrian Social Insurance for Occupational Risks for approximately 3 million employed persons and 1.3 million school children and students and a budget of approx. 950 million Euros.



BAT-Kartellet / Danish Federation of Building and Wood Workers
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BAT-Kartellet is a trade Union and sees health and safety activities as a central issue because health hazards are of serious concern. They participated in the organization of the Trade Union Conference on Organic Solvents and Water Based Paints in Copenhagen on 4-5 November 2004 (find more under "Range of Opinions")

Danish Environmental Protection Agency
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This agency belongs to the Danish Ministry of Environment and Energy and is one of a series of agencies, councils and research institutions under the Ministry.

Danish Painters Occupational Health Service
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The authorized adviser for the painters industry.

Arbeids Tilsynet / National Working Environment Authority
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European Union

European Commission – DG Health and Consumer Protection
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European Commission – Scientific Committees

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The Scientific Committees provide the Commission with the sound scientific advice it needs when preparing policy and proposals.
Opinion on the ETVAREAD report "Effectiveness of vapour retardants in reducing risks to human health from paint
strippers containing dichloromethane" on 18 March 2005
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Opinion on TNO Report „Methylene chloride: Advantages and drawbacks of possible market restrictions in the EU
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European Commission – DG Enterprise & Industry -> Chemicals
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Studies and targeted risk assessments were the basis of the Commission‘s discussions in 2004, concluding that effective alternatives to DCM do not exist
- Effectiveness of vapor retardants in reducing risks to human health from paint strippers containing dichloromethane, final
report bye ETVAREAD, on 1 April 2004.
- Methylene chloride: Advantages and drawbacks of possible market restrictions in the EU, final report by TNO-STB, November 1999

This was the status when EASCR was founded to get involved and stop the dominant lobbying of DCM paint stripper manufacturers in the EU ‘Commission Working Group on Restrictions on the Marketing and Use of Dangerous Substances and Preparations‘ with their intend to prevent any proposal that would restrict their products or markets.

Continue reading: Link -> to the page “Dichloromethane Paint Stripping in the European Union”

European Agency for Safety and Health at Work
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Health and safety at work is one of the EU‘s most important social policy areas. Addressing the diversity of occupational safety and health (OSH) issues and the need for increased awareness at workplace levels are beyond the resources and expertise of a single Member State. That is why in 1996 the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work was set up.




INRS – Institut National de Recherche et de Securite
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NRS is a French Institute competent in the area of occupational risk prevention: protecting workers’ health and safety and preventing occupational accidents or diseases. Its missions include: anticipating needs (with studies and research programmes), raising awareness (via information products, prevention campaigns) and assistance (through technical guidance, information resources, training).
Homepage offers two languages: French and English




BAuA – Bundesanstalt für Arbeitsschutz und Arbeitsmedizin
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BAuA is the German Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. The Homepage is in German with some sections in English.

INQA – Initiative Neue Qualität der Arbeit
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The New Quality of Work Iniative (INQA) is a joint project of the Federal Government, the counties, social institutions and the social partners with the intend to bring together people‘s interest in positive, healthy and personality enhancing working conditions and the need for competitive jobs.
Homepage offers two languages: German and English.

Gisbau Gefahrstoff-Informationssystem der Berusfgenossenschaft der Bauwirtschaft
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Gisbau Information System on Dangerous Substances of the Industry Insurance for the Construction Industry

DGUV – Deutsche Gesetzliche Unfallversicherung

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(Main association of the industry insurances)
Prävention - Ersatz dichlormethanhaltiger Abbeizer (Prevention - Replacement of dichloromethane containing paint strippers)



HSE – Health & Safety Executive
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Britain‘s Health and Safety Commission (HCS) and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) are responsible for the regulation of almost all the risks to health and safety arising from work activity in Britain.

RoSPA – The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents
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RoSPA is a registered charity established over 80 years ago and aims to campaign for change, influence opinion, contribute to debate, educate and inform – for the good of all.
Query for accident victims - : Link
According to a query for the years 2000, 2001 and 2002 every year between 319 and 349 accident victims were counted with a paint stripper or thinner involved. : Link



U.S. Department of Labor / Occupational Safety & Health Administration
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OSHA’s mission is to assure the safety and health of America’s workers.

Methylene Chloride OSHA Standards
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