05/14/2013

EU - Commission proposes to improve workers' protection against exposure to hazardous chemicals

The European Commission has proposed to better protect workers from risks
linked to exposure to chemicals at the workplace. In particular, the Commission
has proposed to amend five existing EU health and safety Directives on
protection of workers from exposure to harmful chemicals to align them with the
latest rules on classification, labelling and packaging of chemicals
(Regulation (EC) 1272/2008).

The proposal would ensure that manufacturers and suppliers of chemical
substances and mixtures would have to provide harmonised labelling information
on hazard classification, alerting the user to the presence of hazardous
chemicals, the need to avoid exposure and the associated risks.

Every day millions of EU workers are potentially exposed to hazardous chemicals
in a wide range of employment sectors including manufacturing and service
industries, agriculture, health care and education. The proposal has been the
subject of two rounds of consultation of employer and trade union
representatives at EU level as well as discussions in the Advisory Committee on
Safety and Health at Work (ACSHW).

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AplusA-online.de - Source: European Agency for Safety and Health at Work