More protection to employees against carcinogens and mutagens at work
Today the European Parliament approved by majority an amendment to the Directive by the Commission related to the protection of workers from the risk related to exposure to carcinogens or mutagens at work.
This third phase of revision seeks to protect workers against excessive exposure on five new carcinogenic substances: Cadmium, Beryllium, Arsenic, Formaldehyde and “MOCA”, and includes the measures necessary to industry to adapt.
MEP Enrique Calvet Chambon, ALDE shadow on this file said:
“It is essential to ensure a safe and healthy work environment for more than 217 million workers in the EU. One of the main challenges defined in this directive is to improve the prevention of occupational diseases by combating existing, new and emerging risks.
ALDE contributed, as previously, to delivering this very much needed piece of legislation to protect workers. In our view feasibility is key, and this means being able to measure , technically and economically at the work place, the level of exposure of workers to carcinogenetic substances.
We understand the limits established as minimum thresholds. We have insisted on encouraging Member States and companies to reduce exposure levels to as far as technically possible below the limit value set. This is another good example of Europe taking concrete measures that will directly affect citizens.”