The European Commission is proposing changes to the Carcinogens and Mutagens
Directive (2004/37/EC) to limit exposure to 13 cancer-causing chemicals at the
workplace, including 'respirable crystalline silica' (RCS).
Cancer is estimated to account for more than half of work-related deaths in the
EU, totalling around 102,000 deaths per year.
Introducing these limit values will lead to fewer cases of occupational cancer
and improve legal protection of exposed workers, especially in the construction
sector. By reducing the differences between Member States in terms of workers'
health protection, this proposal will encourage more cross-border employment,
because workers can be reassured that minimum standards and levels of
protection of their health will be guaranteed in all Member States.
More Information in a Factsheet.
AplusA-online.de - Source: European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA)