Proposal for a Directive amending Directive 2004/37/EC on the protection of workers from the risks related to exposure to carcinogens or mutagens at work

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Series Details COM (2020) 571
Publication Date 22/09/2020
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Legislative initiative tabled by the European Commission on 22 September 2020, introducing a number of amendments to Directive 2004/37/EC on the protection of workers from the risks related to exposure to carcinogens or mutagens at work.

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Directive 2004/37/EC - also known as the Carcinogens and Mutagens Directive - sets out the minimum requirements for protecting workers against risks to their health and safety arising from exposure to carcinogens and mutagens at work. It lays down preventive and protective measures, as well as exposure limits.

This Directive is updated regularly in line with new scientific evidence and technical data. Previous updates addressed workers' exposure to 26 chemicals. This proposal comprises the fourth revision, which adds new or revised occupational exposure limits for the following substances:

  • Acrylonitrile (new limit);
  • Nickel compounds (new limit);
  • Benzene (limit revised downwards).

Estimates show that over 1.1 million workers in a wide range of sectors were set to benefit from improved protection as a result of these proposed rules. This initiative was also the first of the European Commission's commitment to fight cancer under a forthcoming Europe's Beating Cancer Plan.

Source Link https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/ALL/?uri=COM:2020:571:FIN
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Commentary and Analysis
EPRS: Briefing, 29/10/2020: Limits on exposure to carcinogens and mutagens at work: Fourth proposal https://www.europarl.europa.eu/thinktank/en/document.html?reference=EPRS_BRI(2020)659312

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EUR-Lex: SWD(2020)183: Staff Working Document accompanying the Proposal - Impact Assessment https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/ALL/?uri=SWD:2020:183:FIN
European Commission: Press Release, 22/09/2020: Beating cancer: Better protection of workers against cancer-causing chemicals https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscorner/detail/en/ip_20_1691
European Commission: Q&A, 22/09/2020: Beating cancer: Commission proposes improved protection for workers https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscorner/detail/en/qanda_20_1690
EUR-Lex: SWD(2020)183: Staff Working Document accompanying the Proposal - Executive Summary of the Impact Assessment https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/ALL/?uri=SWD:2020:184:FIN

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