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EU plans new limits for further chemicals

Thursday, 12 April 2018

European Commission takes further action to better protect workers against cancer-causing chemicals

The European Commission proposes to limit workers' exposure to five cancer-causing chemicals. Source: MasterTux / Pixabay.

The European Commission proposes to limit workers' exposure to five cancer-causing chemicals. Source: MasterTux / Pixabay.

The European Commission is taking another important step to protect workers in the European Union from workplace-related cancer as well as other health problems. The Commission proposes to limit workers' exposure to five cancer-causing chemicals, in addition to the 21 substances that have already been limited or proposed to be limited. These include Cadmium and its inorganic compounds, Beryllium and inorganic beryllium compounds, Arsenic acid and its salts, as well as inorganic arsenic compounds, Formaldehyde and 4,4'-Methylene-bis(2-chloroaniline) (MOCA).

Estimates show that today's proposal would improve working conditions for over 1,000,000 EU workers and prevent over 22,000 cases of work-related illness. The proposal is based on scientific evidence and follows broad discussions of the EU with relevant stakeholders, in particular employers, workers and Member States' representatives.

Find more information on the website of the European Commission.

Image source: Pixabay

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