Carcinogens at work: the basics on risks and prevention

The Roadmap on carcinogens is all about identifying solutions and sharing good practices between businesses and organisations. But what if you are new to the subject and want to know the basics? That’s why today the Roadmap presents two new documents: the infosheet ‘Carcinogens at Work’ on EU-OSHA’s website and a new addition to the series of factsheets ‘Occupational Exposure to Carcinogens’ here on the Roadmap.

Carcinogens at work

The European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) is running a Europe-wide campaign during 2018 and 2019 to promote the prevention of risks from dangerous substances in workplaces. The aim is to reduce the presence of and exposure to dangerous substances in workplaces by raising awareness of the risks and of effective ways of preventing them. This new infosheet Carcinogens at Work provides concise practical advice on avoiding the risks from carcinogens in the workplace. Designed as a quick reference document for everyday use, it starts by defining occupational carcinogens and outlining the risks they pose.

STOP strategy keeps you safe

When carcinogens are involved at the workplace, employers have to do everything in their power to prevent workers coming into contact with these substances. As you might imagine, the best way to achieve limitation of contact is complete elimination or substitution of the carcinogen with a less dangerous alternative: taking away the source. When substitution is (not yet) technically possible, other measures must be taken. These measures follow a hierarchy of control, detailed in the STOP strategy. The factsheet Occupational Exposure to Carcinogens (available in English and Dutch – with more languages to come) contains a general introduction on how to eliminate and substitute carcinogens at the workplace using the STOP strategy. Each letter stands for a next level of measures. It’s easy to remember – STOP keeps you safe!

Read the facts about carcinogens

  • Click here for the EU-OSHA infosheet ‘Carcinogens at Work’
  • Click here for the Roadmap infosheet ‘Occupational Exposure to Carcionogens’
  • Click here for an overview of factsheets on different types of carcinogens

Good practices and the Roadmap mission

  • Click here to read about solutions and good practices
  • Click here to read about the mission of the six Roadmap founders
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