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Reduction of occupational asthma and dermatitis in the vehicle repair industry

Objective

SAFEWORKER will develop styrene-free, vehicle body repair filler that will be rapidly cured by UV lamps resulting in faster turnaround of repairs at reduced cost. Reducing the process time will allow Europe's bodyshops to increase their throughput & therefore revenue generation potential whilst eliminating Styrene & other VOCs from the filler. Such a development, freely disseminated through the trade associations within our sector will allow ALL of Europe's 172,000 SMEs within our sector to comply with Council Directive 98/24/EC 'on the protection of the health and safety of workers from the risks related to chemical agents at work'.

More than 98% of firms in our sector are SMEs and 83% of them employ less than 50 people. The number of cars in Europe totals 184,426,000 & is growing at 2.3% per annum. The market for accident repair has never been so buoyant. However, our industry faces a resource & skills shortage that threatens the sectors ability to satisfy future market demand. The increase in public awareness of environmental & occupational health hazards has caused worker reluctance to enter our sector due to the perceived health risks & potential reduction on quality of life. Occupational skin disease and respiratory disease effects over 100,000 workers in the European vehicle repair sector, costing the industry around 100 million Euro per annum.

These forms of skin disease & asthma are caused by exposure of our workers to specific chemicals, found in the polyester filler they use to fill dents in damaged vehicles. Our industry generates approximately 300,000 tonnes of styrene emission in Europe every year from our repair-shops. Styrene is classified as a possible human carcinogen by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC). These styrene emissions pose a heightened health risk to women wishing to join our sector's workforce. Our project will eliminate styrene monomer from vehicle body filler.

Field of science

  • /medical and health sciences/clinical medicine/pneumology/asthma
  • /medical and health sciences/health sciences/infectious disease/RNA virus/coronavirus
  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/commerce

Call for proposal

FP6-2004-SME-COLL
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Funding Scheme

Collective - SMEs-Collective research projects

Coordinator

PERA INNOVATION
Address
Pera Innovation Park, Nottingham Road
Melton Mowbray
United Kingdom

Participants (12)

AUTOBRANCHENS ARBEJDSMILJO
Denmark
Address
Vaevervej16
Aulum
COLAS ARTIACH S.L
Spain
Address
Camino De La Noguera, S/n
Zaragoza
CONFEDERACION ESPANOLA DE TALLERES DE RAPARACION DE AUTOMOVILES Y AFINES
Spain
Address
Plaza Dr.latamendi 37, 6, 3A
Barcelona
FRAUNHOFER-GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG EV
Germany
Address
Hansastrasse 27C
Muenchen
GLAS-CRAFT (UK) LIMITED
United Kingdom
Address
Unit 5 B, Lowercroft Business Park, Lowercroft Road
Bury, Lancashire
IMPACT REPAIR CENTRE LIMITED
United Kingdom
Address
Unit 7, Lifford Lane
Kings Norton, Birmingham
INSTITUTO PEDRO NUNES - ASSOCIACAO PARA A INOVACAO E DESENVOLVIMENTO EM CIENCIA E TECNOLOGIA
Portugal
Address
R. Pedro Nunes
Coimbra
MOTORBRANSCHKONSULT AKTIEBOLAG
Sweden
Address
Karlav 14A
Stockholm
MOVAC GROUP LIMITED
United Kingdom
Address
11 Portman Road
Ipswich, Suffolk
PROXIMA NTR SPOLKA Z OGRANICZONA ODPOWIEDZIALNOSCIA
Poland
Address
Ul Pilsudskiego 38
Belchatow
THE RETAIL MOTOR INDUSTRY FEDERATION LIMITED
United Kingdom
Address
201 Great Portland Street
London
UVASOL LIMITED
United Kingdom
Address
42 The Widon
Loughborough