Protecting workers against cancer-causing chemicals

Yearly, about 120,000 work-related cancer cases occur as a result of exposure to carcinogens in the European Union.

The European Commission has on September 22 proposed the fourth revision of the Carcinogens and Mutagens Directive which sets new and/or revised limit values for three substances: acrylonitrile, nickel compounds and benzene.

Current estimates show that more than 1.1 million workers in a wide range of sectors will benefit from improved protection once such proposal comes into force.

This is the first commitment forming part of the upcoming Beating Cancer Plan.

The Commission’s Proposal can be found here.

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