Workers taking safety precautions when dealing with chemicals

Chemical Substances, Cancer and Work: enhancing the sound management of chemicals for cancer prevention

Webinar: 28 April 2014 - PAHO/WHO World Day for Safety and Health at Work

Chemical substances have transformed human life and work in our modern societies. They have long contributed to technology development since the early industrialization in the XIX century, by transforming raw materials into a great amount of basic chemical components which are now permanently utilized for industry development. New materials and chemical developments are constant, and their presence has propelled great advances in industry, commerce, services and technology, particularly in high-tech areas such as electronics, bio-engineering and tele-communications. Thus, millions of chemical substances have been yield for use of humankind and are increasing yearly. By 23 April 2014, the Chemical Abstract Service (CAS) -updated daily by adding substance information to the CAS REGISTRYSM, reports the global presence of 86.4 million of organic and inorganic substances. They mostly correspond to ingredients and sub-products of industrial, manufacture and combustion processes being capable of becoming pollutants of finished products and of the working and general environments (air, water and soil). Their increasing release into the environment is overcoming the capacity of echo-systems to assimilate, transform and eliminate toxic substances. 

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How to participate

The Webinar will be open for participation in person at PAHO Headquarters, or via Blackboard Collaborate on-line. This Webinar will be in English with simultaneous translation to Spanish.  For those who cannot follow the live seminar, we will have the summaries available later online in our webpage.

In person:
9:00 am to 12:00 pm ET
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525 23rd St. NW Room C
Washington, D.C. 20037

Online: via Blackboard Collaborate in the following links: