Napo - Dust at work

Napo, as the hero in a series of animated films, provides light-hearted, discussion-provoking introductions to occupational safety and health (OSH) topics and risk prevention.

Napo  is a typical worker in any industry or sector. Often, he is exposed to common hazards and risky situations in the workplace. However, he is actively involved in identifying risks and providing practical solutions.

Napo has now become the main ambassador for EU-OSHA’s Healthy Workplaces Campaigns and many of his films link with or support these campaigns. He also appears in person at key campaign events.

Dust is a potential problem in the workplace in two different but significant ways: respiratory problems and dust explosions. The harmful effects of dust can vary from skin irritation to lung cancer depending on the composition of the dust, and the type and degree of exposure.

“Napo in… dust at work” illustrates some of the many situations and substances that generate dust and emphasises the importance of controlling exposure to dust at work to avoid ill health. The film ends with a bang – a dust explosion – the rapid combustion of fine particles suspended in the air often, but not always, in an enclosed space.