Sandblasting Under the Spotlight: Protecting Workers’ Health in the Jeans Industry
While sandblasting is legally prohibited in the EU, factories in the main production countries are still using this technique.
Outside the EU, where many countries have no regulations in force to protect workers from the harmful effects of this process, factories sometimes do not take the identified risks into consideration. This results in a lack of implementation of basic protective measures such as workers’ training and the provision or enforcement of use of appropriate protective equipment.
In Turkey, the death of 40 sandblasters from silicosis was announced last January, pointing out the critical effects of the sandblasting process on workers’ health.
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