The European Parliament, the European Council and the European Commission reached a provisional agreement on the Commission’s third proposal to broaden the list of recognised cancer-causing chemicals in the workplace. With this agreement, 5 additional cancer-causing chemicals will be covered by the Carcinogens and Mutagens Directive (CMD). This agreement will, for instance, ensure better protection of workers in the nickel-cadmium battery manufacture, zinc and copper smelting, laboratories, electronics, funeral and embalming, construction, healthcare, plastics and recycling sectors.
The agreement will be submitted to the Council’s Permanent Representatives Committee (Coreper) for approval. Once the Member States’ Permanent Representatives confirm the agreement, it will be subject to a final vote by the plenary of the European Parliament. The Commission has already presented 3 rounds of changes to the CMD. 27 cancer-causing chemicals are now covered by the Directive, of which 26 have been added or updatedsince the start of the Juncker Commission. Follow this link to read the press release and more information.