Each year, about 120,000 work-related cancer cases occur as a result of exposure to carcinogens at work in the EU, leading to approximately 80,000 fatalities annually. To improve workers’ protection against cancer, the European Commission has proposed to further limit their exposure to cancer-causing chemicals.
This fourth revision of the Carcinogens and Mutagens Directive sets new or revised limit values for three important substances: acrylonitrile, nickel compounds and benzene. Estimates show that more than 1.1 million workers in a wide range of sectors will benefit from improved protection thanks to the new rules. The proposal of 22 September is the first initiative of the Commission’s commitment to fight cancer under the upcoming Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan.