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European Union plans on increasing the carcinogen protection in workplaces

European Commission projects on taking further action the increase of the workers protection against cancer-causing substances and chemicals. On the 5th of April 2018, the Commission decided on taking another step in order to secure workplaces that are extremely liable to various carcinogens. European Parliament strongly advocates the idea of limiting the allowed number of detrimental substances and toxins, including high-pressure engine fumes. So far, the Commission has limited or proposed to limit the number of 21 cancer-causing substances.

The new health-protection initiative was proposed to reduce worker’s exposure to five carcinogens, in order to improve working conditions for over one million European workers and prevent approximately over 22 000 cases of work-related illnesses. European Parliament Committee on Employment and Social Affairs has strongly supported the new and agreed that the number of detrimental substances should be decidedly limited in order to protect human life and health. directive (2004/37)

The Commision proposed to include enhanced exposure limit values for five more dangerous substances in the Carcinogens and Mutagens Directive. The established numbers will set a maximum concentration for the presence of health hazard materials. The new list that was presented on the 27th of March includes such carcinogens as formaldehyde. 4,4’-Methylene-bis(2-chloroaniline), cadmium, beryllium and arsenic acid (including their salts and inorganic compounds).

European Agency for Safety and Health at Work has conducted a research project on the most carcinogen liable workers. The results reveal that the most threatened professions include those of construction branch, metal industry and car industry. What is more, a very clear tendency has been observed that the biggest risk group involves blue-collar workers.

European Commission initiative has met with huge approval of numerous members and ministers of European Union.