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Technical conference “Preventing work-related cancer”

November 24, 2023

On 20 and 21 November the Spanish Presidency of the Council of the EU organised an interesting event on preventing work-related cancer. The four main objectives of the Roadmap on Carcinogens were discussed in depth and the work carried out on the challenges was reviewed. Topics that were adressed included: The live-stream is still available […]

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UV radiation and diesel emissions most frequent cancer risks in EU workplaces

November 20, 2023

To help in the fight against occupational cancer, EU-OSHA conducted a Workers’ Exposure Survey on cancer risk factors (WES) in Europe. The goal is to better identify the risk factors at workplaces that can lead to the disease, providing current and comprehensive data that can be used for prevention, awareness-raising and policy-making. Thousands of workers […]

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Interactive game teaches students how to handle carcinogens in the workplace

September 26, 2023

As part of challenge 1.2, the Belgian Federal Public Service Employment, Labour and Social Dialogue launched an interactive game to familiarise students with the measures to be taken to manage the risks of carcinogens in the workplace. The game is available in English, Dutch and French. Play the game (English) (Français) (Nederlands) How to […]

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Invitation to all OSH-experts in the EU

August 22, 2023

We invite you to join the international online event ‘Tools to support practice – Have your say!’ that will take place on Tuesday 26 September (13-17 CET). An important event since we will present new tools to support the practice in prevention of work-related cancer. Challenge teams of the Roadmap on Carcinogens will present help […]

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4th February: World Cancer Day

February 1, 2023

Cancer is the leading cause of death of workers in many different sectors. We talk about 100.000 deaths in Europe every year! The cause of their disease? Exposure to cancer-causing substances at work! The 4th of February is World Cancer Day. Let’s use this day to have a close look at our own working environment […]

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Challenge 4.2: milestone inspection campaign finalised

January 30, 2023

A large proportion of workers in the EU is potentially exposed to process-generated contaminants, in particular to Respirable Crystalline Silica (RCS). Process-generated carcinogens occur as a by-product of a work-process. These need extra attention because they won’t have labels and there may not be any reference to them in Safety Data Sheets. This is addressed […]

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Scoping study report on welding fumes

December 7, 2022

ECHA has published a scoping study report on the evaluation of limit values for welding fumes and fumes from other processes that generate fume in a similar way at the workplace. When heat is applied, the metals (in the base and filler materials) are vapourised and their vapours rapidly condense into very fine particles. Some […]

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New legislative proposal to protect European workers from asbestos

October 19, 2022

Asbestos is a highly dangerous cancer-causing agent and despite its EU ban in 2005, it continues to pose a considerable threat to public health and workers, especially in the construction, maintenance and waste sectors. An integrated approach across several policy areas, including occupational safety and health (OSH), is required to tackle its ill-fated legacy. The European Commission calls […]

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Winners of the 14th German Hazardous Substances Protection Award

October 13, 2022

The winner of the 14th German Hazardous Substances Protection Award was announced on 29 September 2022, in Berlin. The Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs awarded the 10,000 euro prize to BOMAG GmbH of Boppard for its development of the Ion Dust Shield, a technical solution for the safe handling of carcinogenic particulate matter […]

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Invitation webinar ‘Cancer risks in healthcare workers’

October 5, 2022

Identification of Hazardous Medicinal Products (HMPs) In the healthcare sector, 12.7 million workers across the EU are potentially exposed to Hazardous Medicinal Products (HMPs). While these drugs are vital in the treatment of different diseases such as cancers, psoriasis, etc., they can also pose health risks to those exposed to them at work like nurses, […]

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Published: List of hazardous medical products

October 5, 2022

Workers exposed to hazardous medicinal products (HMPs), or hazardous drugs, which are carcinogenic, mutagenic or reprotoxic substances (CMRs) must be given specific training by their employers to prevent risks of adverse effects on their health. Healthcare sector ETUI published a list of hazardous medicinal products, including cytotoxics and based on the EU CLP classification system […]

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Playback virtual event: Silica Dust – Fight against work-related cancer!

October 3, 2022

As part of Challenge 4.2 about “Process generated carcinogens”, the @Austrian Ministry of labour, together with the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) and the Roadmap on Carcinogens, organised an online event about silica dust. Over 170 participants from all over Europe were informed about interesting findings from the inspection campaign and watched contributions addressing questions […]

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EU-OSHA starts survey on cancer risk factors

September 7, 2022

Starting this month, EU-OSHA starts fieldwork with a survey on cancer risk factors. The innovative survey looks at how European workers are exposed to a selection of cancer risk factors to better identify those responsible for most of the exposures. Such reliable data are essential for both the safety and health of workers and a […]

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New Dutch national expertise centre pools knowledge

July 4, 2022

July first, Lexces, a new national expertise centre for substance-related occupational diseases has been officially launched in the Netherlands. It pools knowledge and expertise in the area of hazardous substances and health risks for workers. In this way, it contributes to the prevention and assessment of occupational illnesses, with the aim of creating a future in which people no longer become […]

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Webinar: Let’s break down the barriers around cancer & work (30 May)

May 25, 2022

To mark the European Week Against Cancer (25-31 May) and, recognising that there is still more work to do to put survivorship and quality of life issues into the spotlight of current discussions around the implementation of Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan, the objectives of this webinar are to: raise awareness of the impact of cancer […]

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Questionnaire safe working procedures

April 28, 2022

Challenge 4.3 of the Roadmap on Carcinogens focusses on safe working procedures and good practices. We aim to determine whether safe working procedures as a methodology can make a meaningful contribution to reducing exposure to carcinogens in Europe. To do so, it is necessary to know what type of safe working procedures or good practices […]

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Activating European industries and sectors in the fight against exposure to carcinogens in the workplace

April 25, 2022

Cancer is the leading cause of work-related mortality in the European Union. Identifying smart solutions and sharing good practices between businesses and organizations could make a tremendous difference in reducing workers’ exposure to carcinogens. The Roadmap on Carcinogens, established by BusinessEurope and others, encourages and helps businesses, organizations, industries and others to raise awareness and […]

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Survey: Better data on occupational carcinogen exposure

March 29, 2022

We have launched an online survey to collect information on recent research projects, databases and publications providing data on occupational carcinogen exposure in the Europe, and to map the possibilities for more systematic compilation of these data. The survey relates to the Roadmap on Carcinogens Challenge 1.1, which aims to advance the use of exposure data in priority […]

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Campaign “Today, let’s avoid tomorrow’s occupational cancer”

March 23, 2022

Spain recently signed the covenant of the Roadmap on Carcinogens to join as a partner. Meanwhile, the Spanish National Institute for Safety and Health at Work (INSST), committed to the objective of improving the prevention of occupational diseases, has promoted the campaign “TODAY, LET’S AVOID TOMORROW’S OCCUPATIONAL CANCER” to raise awareness of the importance of […]

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Spain joins as partner of the Roadmap on Carcinogens

March 8, 2022

On Tuesday 8 March, at the ceremonial closing of the French EU Presidency conference ‘Acting on occupational cancers: for better effectiveness of prevention’ in Paris, the government of Spain has signed the Roadmap on Carcinogens covenant. From now on 14 partners jointly work together on this “voluntary action scheme on raising awareness and exchanging good […]

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EU project on silica dust on construction sites completed

February 7, 2022

On 18 January 2022, the final seminar of the EU-funded project “Reducing Respirable Crystalline Silica Dust Effectively” took place online. Some 100 experts from nearly 20 countries participated in this seminar. The EU project was initiated by the European social partners for the construction industry EFBWW and FIEC. Especially against the background of the lowering […]

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Report Expert Seminar on Challenge 4.2: Strategies to Reduce Exposure to Process Generated Carcinogens

January 10, 2022

On Tuesday the 23rd of November 2021, around 50 experts and stakeholders affiliated with carcinogens gathered for an interactive online expert seminar on process-generated carcinogens (PGCs). The goal of the seminar was to bring stakeholders together to contribute to a way forward in regard to process-generated carcinogens in Europe. An additional goal was to explore […]

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Check out these challenges to gain impact

August 4, 2021

The partners of the Roadmap on Carcinogens have started twelve challenges to gain further impact, to help prevent workers from getting exposed to carcinogens. We invite relevant organisations from all over Europe to step in. The challenges are a concrete implementation of the strategy. In steps we work towards practical results that help employers, companies […]

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