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11/01/2019

Chemical industry organisations and social partners support further protection of workers from carcinogens

In response to a European Commission consultation, chemical industry groups join forces to support proposed changes to the Carcinogens and Mutagens Directive and Chemical Agents Directive.

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The European Chemical Employers’ Group (ECEG), IndustriAll European Trade Union, the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC), and Formacare, the formaldehyde sector group of the European Chemical Industry Council (Cefic) signed a joint letter expressing their support for the Commission’s proposal to include Formaldehyde in the third amendment of the Carcinogens and Mutagens Directive(CMD).

The proposal sets out binding minimum requirements that protect European workers and at the same time enable industry to thrive in Europe. The signatories also support a binding occupational exposure limit of 0,3ppm per 8-hours’ time-weighted average as listed in the annex of the Commission’s proposal.

In a separate joint declaration, ETUC, IndustriAll, ECEG and Cefic called on the European Commission to strengthen the current system of protection of workers’ reproductive health.

This joint declaration provides the group’s input into the ongoing debate on revising legal requirements for exposure to reprotoxic substances under the EU Chemical Agents Directive and the CMD.

Regular dialogue and close collaboration between these organisations, who are also Official Campaign Partners to EU-OSHA´s Healthy Workplaces Campaign, is key to strengthening the partnership with the Healthy Workplaces Manage Dangerous Substances campaign and helps to put in place concrete measures in line with the campaign’s objectives. On 3 December during the European Sectoral Social partners meeting, concrete actions undertaken throughout 2018 to improve the management of dangerous substances at work across Europe were discussed.