To fight against chemical risks, the Health Insurance provides financial assistance to VSEs/SMEs

In a statement dated March 29, Health insurance – Occupational risks announces that it is relaunching its awareness-raising action on chemical hazardswhich currently represent the second cause of occupational disease in France. To combat these risks, Health Insurance offers its online Chemical Risk Prevention solution for Professionals, and financial aid for VSEs and SMEs.

Pros Chemical Risks, online space for companies concerned by chemical risk

Companies wishing to reduce the exposure of their employees to chemicals can follow the Pros Chemical Risks approach. To access the private area, companies must complete a registration form. The Regional Health Insurance Fund – Occupational Risks (CARSAT, CRAMIF or CGSS) will then send the company its access codes. The Pros Chemical Risks private area provides access to tools for carrying out each of the 4 stages of the course:

  1. Initiate the process
  2. Define the action plan
  3. Deploy actions
  4. Sustain the actions

The objective: to enable the employer to assess chemical risks, to plan and monitor its actions in order to improve the health and safety of its employees and to avoid the consequences of accidents at work and occupational diseases on their activity.

Financial aid for the implementation of the prevention approach

In order to help small and medium-sized businesses with fewer than 50 employees to start the prevention process, the Health Insurance is offering subsidies, which will be available in 2022 within the limits of the available budget:

  • Chemical Risks Pros Equipment: this grant helps to finance several purchases such as the installation of equipment for capturing pollutants and equipment reducing the risk of exposure to chemicals (fume cupboards, storage cabinets, construction site vacuum cleaners, etc).
  • Chemical Risks Professionals Painting and Carpentry: this grant allows the financing of equipment for the capture of vapors and aerosols, during the phase of application of paint or varnish during the preparation and cleaning of the wood
  • Welding + safe: the subsidy helps companies to equip themselves with technical means to capture the emissions produced during arc welding operations, a manufacturing process that exposes employees to submicron particles and gases contained in the smoke whose effects on health are deleterious (neurological damage and on the broncho-pulmonary system)
  • Airbonus: the aid subsidizes equipment for capturing diesel engine emissions to protect exposed employees
  • Stop asbestos: subsidy to purchase specific equipment to protect employees and workers and reduce exposure to asbestos fibres.

All these grants are capped at €25,000.

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