This guide is a result of the Project: EFBWW Trade Union Guide on Using Asbestos Registries commissioned and coordinated by the European Federation of Building and Woodworkers (EFBWW) with the financial support of the European Commission (VS / 2016 / 0244).
Some countries in the European Union (EU) already feature registries for harmful substances at different administrative levels and most providers offer expert services for the assessment and lab analysis of harmful substances in buildings. However, companies and trade union representatives often lack awareness of these instruments and knowledge of where to find this information and how to access it.
The guide aims to close this knowledge gap through an overview of existing registries for harmful substances in Europe as well as alternative detection measures and to promote a preventive health and safety culture.
The guide was prepared by the Kooperationsstelle Hamburg IFE. This institute offers national and international services and studies on the topics of occupational safety, health and environmental protection, as well as project management, standardization and labour market development.