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Decarbonisation and occupational safety and health

April 15, 2024

The EU has set ambitious climate goals to become the first climate-neutral continent by 2050, with decarbonisation and the reuse of critical materials being two key objectives. While these aspirations are commendable, they present significant challenges in terms of occupational safety and health. On one hand, the Green Deal strongly focusses on the phase-out of […]

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Educational information package interactive game

March 28, 2024

We previously informed you about the 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. The Belgian Federal Public Service Employment, Labour and Social Dialogue have now also developed an educational package to help teachers […]

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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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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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Challenge 4.2 Process Generated Carcinogens finalised

June 12, 2023

Millions of workers in Europe are exposed to process generated carcinogens (PGCs). Despite the high number of exposed workers, relatively little attention has been paid to the issue. The aim of Challenge 4.2 of Roadmap on Carcinogens was to create more awareness on the health risks upon exposure to PGCs to reduce workers’ exposure and finally […]

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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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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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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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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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The Roadmap’s presence at the 37th A+A International Trade Fair

November 29, 2021

At the 37th A+A International Trade Fair for Safety, Security and Health at Work the Congress for Occupational Safety and Health welcomed about 1500 participants. For friends and partners of the Roadmap, events like the A+A are the perfect opportunity to promote the aims of and tools provided by the Roadmap to a national or […]

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Online event: Occupational Exposure to Carcinogens in Hospitals

August 18, 2021

Please join this international online seminar on the protection of hospital workers from the occupational risks related to carcinogens on Friday, 3 September 2021, 9.00-14.00 CET. The European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA), medical institutions and experts form Belgium, Hungary, Italy, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia and Spain will present the latest research […]

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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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Reducing Respirable Crystalline Silica Dust Effectively

June 24, 2021

Dust in the workplace is often perceived as a painful reality, be it dust in the quarry, in agriculture or on construction sites. It is annoying, but it seems normal, it has always been there, so to speak. But more and more people are trying to avoid dust. Especially when renovating existing buildings, the owners […]

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Roadmap on Carcinogens Conference – Preventing occupational cancer

March 19, 2021

On 24 March, the Portuguese EU Council Presidency is holding the conference “Roadmap on carcinogens: Preventing occupational cancer.” This event is aimed to review the past achievements and future perspectives of the Roadmap for 2020-2024.  The conference brings together the Roadmap’s partners, occupational safety and health specialists, and representatives of the EU Institutions.  View the programme […]

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Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan: a new EU approach to prevention, treatment and care

February 15, 2021

On 3 February the European Commission published Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan. With new technologies, research and innovation as the starting point, the Cancer Plan sets out a new EU approach to cancer prevention, treatment and care. Prevention, also in the workplace Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan will tackle the entire disease pathway, from prevention to quality […]

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EU Conference ‘STOP cancer in the workplace’ – event proceedings

January 5, 2021

During the German EU Council Presidency, the conference ‘STOP cancer in the workplace’ was held on 9 and 10 November. The German Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (BMAS) and the Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (BAuA) focussed the European Community’s attention on the still highly relevant issue of work-related cancer and […]

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Winners of the 13th German Hazardous Substances Protection Award announced

December 14, 2020

On 10 November 2020, the winners of the 13th German Hazardous Substance Protection Award (Deutscher Gefahrstoffschutzpreis) were announced in Dortmund, Germany. URSA Chemie GmbH, Montabaur, and Sterigenics Germany GmbH, Wiesbaden, share the 10,000 Euro prize awarded by the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (BMAS) for their technical solutions for the safe handling of […]

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The Roadmap on Carcinogens is heading from Berlin 2020 to Brussels 2024

September 24, 2020

New European partners joined; a refreshed strategy will strengthen effort as the ‘Roadmap on Carcinogens’ is heading from Berlin 2020 to Brussels 2024. The battle against occupational cancer continues! Neither falling from heights, nor machine accidents are responsible for the highest numbers of work-related deaths… Cause no. 1 is cancer, because workers are exposed to […]

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Beating cancer: Better protection of workers against cancer-causing chemicals

September 23, 2020

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 […]

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Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan: share your views and experiences

March 9, 2020

Europe’s fight against cancer is ongoing and requires everyone’s involvement. The European Commission is working on a new plan and wants to place European citizens at the centre. Therefore, the Commission invites all interested individuals and organisations to contribute to a public consultation. Friends of the Roadmap on Carcinogens are especially invited to make sure […]

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New EU-OSHA survey on workers’ exposure on cancer risk factors in Europe

March 4, 2020

Work-related cancer remains the biggest occupational health challenge in Europe. Through research and awareness raising activities, EU-OSHA contributes actively to the fight against work-related cancer. EU-OSHA is now in the preparatory phase of a survey to collect comprehensive data on the workers’ exposure on cancer risk factors in Europe. The aim of the survey is […]

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10 and 11 February 2020: EU Conference on the limit value system for carcinogens

December 18, 2019

The Dutch Social and Economic Council (SER) organizes the Conference “Working together on the future of the limit values system for carcinogens in Europe”. You are most welcome to join the conference on 10 and 11 February 2020 in The Hague, The Netherlands. Registration and program To participate in the conference, please register here. You […]

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European cooperation in combatting occupational cancer continues

November 28, 2019

Policy makers and experts from all over Europe met in Helsinki to explore how to accelerate the fight against work-related cancer. The cooperation will be further strengthened by continuing the Roadmap on Carcinogens campaign, which aims to raise awareness about carcinogens and reduce exposure to them. An agreement on the continuation of the campaign was […]

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Join online: conference ‘Working together to eliminate occupational cancer’

November 22, 2019

As part of the EU Presidency program, Finland is organizing the Roadmap on Carcinogens conference ‘Working together to eliminate occupational cancer’ on 27 and 28 November in Helsinki. At this conference, the Roadmap Partners will review the achievements of the past years and will look forward to further developments in legislation, activities and cooperation. Download […]

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How can we protect vulnerable workers from dangerous substances?

November 14, 2019

Some groups of workers are more at risk than others when exposed to dangerous substances. This can happen because these workers are inexperienced, uninformed or physically more vulnerable. Other reasons include frequent change of jobs, or working in sectors where awareness is low, or because of greater or different physiological sensitivity. New infosheet on vulnerable […]

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Carcinogens at work: the basics on risks and prevention

September 27, 2019

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 […]

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STOP-principle as a basis for practical measures on the shop floor

August 5, 2019

Heidi Boussen, Director Safe and healthy work environment at the Dutch Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment summarised the main challenges: “The sectoral organisations that presented their approach show that we need to translate policy to the shop floor. We need to get away from a high level of abstraction and offer pragmatic solutions adjusted […]

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Third revision of Carcinogens and Mutagens Directive (CMD)

July 12, 2019

On 19 June 2019, the Official Journal of the European Union published the text of the third revision of the CMD: the directive protecting workers from the risks related to exposure to carcinogens or mutagens at work (Directive 2019/983 (EU), amending Directive 2004/37/EC). The revision not only introduces four new occupational exposure limit values (OELVs) […]

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Euronews video on occupational cancer – how to minimise risks

June 5, 2019

In an episode of ‘Real Economy’, Euronews published the video ‘Occupational cancer – how to minimise risks’. In this video, we discover the economical impact of work-related ill-health and injury. We see which measures are taken by a Croatian lumber factory and EU-OSHA director Christa Sedlatschek shares the measures taken by the EU. Estimated costs […]

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Most dangerous substances and sectors at risk in the EU: new study

February 7, 2019

A new study, based on collected data from several publicly available sources, has identified the substances and sectors that pose the greatest risk to workers in the EU. The top 5 most dangerous substances are: silica, asbestos, solvents, non-infectious biological agents and wood dust. The top 5 sectors at risk are: Trade and repair of […]

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Agreement to add five more cancer-causing chemicals to the CMD

February 7, 2019

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 […]

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Proceedings conference ‘Women, work and cancer’

December 19, 2018

Work on the prevention of occupational cancer in women is facing some challenges. Epidemiological research in this area focuses far more often on men than on women. There is a stereotype of occupational cancer only being an issue for male professions in traditional industries. The ETUI has organised a conference ‘Women, work and cancer, which took […]

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European Parliament adopts position on third amendment to the carcinogens Directive

December 7, 2018

Updated regulations from the European front. The European Parliament has adopted the European Commission’s proposal to further update the rules concerning carcinogens in the workplace. Five additional cancer-causing substances are added to the carcinogens Directive with the third amendment. Exposure limites and/or skin notations are concerned of Cadmium, Beryllium, Arsenic acid, Formaldehyde and MOCA (4,4’Methylene-bis(2-chloroaniline)). Next […]

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Available now! Free download of “Cancer and work: understanding occupational cancers and taking action to eliminate them”.

December 7, 2018

Tony Musu and Laurent Vogel from the European Trade Union Institute bring the contributions of 28 experts together in “Cancer and work: understanding occupational cancers and taking action to eliminate them.” The only recently released volume combines a richness of material on the latest knowledge on the issue, new prevention practices, legislation and the recognition […]

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Presentations from Austrian Presidency conference available online

October 10, 2018

All presentations from the Austrian presidency conference have been published and can be found here: Conference programme Dietmar Hammer, Team Styria – “Protection against carcinogens – simple measures – big success” Dr. David Tjong Respirable Crystaline Sylica – practical solutions Dr. Vincent Ho, IOSH No Time to Lose  Laurie Hermans, Roadmap on carcinogens, State of play 2016 – […]

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The Roadmap via Vienna2018 to Helsinki2019!

September 24, 2018

Vienna, 24 september 2018 Today the Roadmap on Carcinogens made an important pit stop in Vienna on its journey to tackle work-related cancer. The Austrian government is one of the six founding partners of the Roadmap since the start in Amsterdam in May 2016 during the Dutch EU Presidency conference. Austria holds the Presidency of the […]

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Ready-to-use factsheets online!

April 20, 2018

Feel like sharing information regarding carcinogenic substances in an easy and accessible way? Look no further, as the roadmap on carcinogens published 10 ready-to-use factsheets on asbestos, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHS), vinyl chloride, chromium VI, hardwood dust, welding fumes, silica dust, diesel engine exhaust, and benzene. In the factsheets, attention is paid to the risks, […]

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New events online!

March 28, 2018

Interested in events, conferences or workshops concerning carcinogenic substances near you? Have a look at the event’s overview and have your pick. Prefer to read up on the latest developments? Have a little bit more patience as the European Trade Union Institute is about to come up with interesting materials. In June, the ETUI will […]

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New good practices online!

November 30, 2017

Sharing knowledge is vital to help companies find good solutions with regards to carcinogens in the workplace. To see all new entries, we invite you to take a look at the good practices overview, where more good practices will be published soon. Currently 51 solutions are published, and by the end of this year we […]

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Ireland joins roadmap on carcinogens

September 13, 2017

Ireland is now an official partner of the Roadmap on Carcinogens. Mr Pat Breen, the Irish Minister for Trade, Employment, Business, EU Digital Single Market and Data Protection signed a written commitment in support.  Ireland will become increasingly engaged with other Members states on the important topic of carcinogens. Let’s give Ireland a warm welcome: […]

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Return to work after cancer: what does science say?

August 30, 2017

Around 1.6 million people of working age are diagnosed with cancer in Europe each year. Thanks to medical advancements, the number of cancer survivors is rising and more recovered patients return to work. The European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA, one of the six partners), provides an overview of what is known […]

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Belgium focuses on the prevention of risks of carcinogens at work

July 5, 2017

Cancer is the leading cause of work-related deaths in the European Union. The diagnosis of these cancers is usually made many years after exposure has taken place, which complicates the matter. The good news is that occupational cancers can be prevented by avoiding risks of exposure to carcinogenic chemical agents in the workplace. How to […]

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The stop strategy starts with the S of substitution

May 29, 2017

Substitution is the first step in the occupational health hygiene strategy, also when dealing with carcinogens in the workplace. On the 11th of May a Conference on substitution of carcinogens was organised in the Netherlands. The Dutch team of the roadmap co-organized this event and participated with opening remarks and a presentation of the roadmap […]

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Occupational cancer in the workplace? Use this guide!

May 29, 2017

What is cancer? Why is cancer different? Where are carcinogens? And how to use control measures? Carcinogenic substances in the workplace can be a tricky thing. The best solution in one workplace could be different in another.  Luckily, the Trade Union Councils from the UK developed a guide on cancer and carcinogens in the workplace, […]

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Finnish Minister of Social Affairs signs the roadmap!

April 7, 2017

The Finnish Minister of Social Affairs and Health Pirkko Mattila has signed a written commitment to join the “Roadmap on Carcinogens” in March 2017. The Ministry of Social Affairs and Health organized a seminar “Work-related cancer can be prevented” for social partners and experts in occupational safety and health on 6th March 2017. There were […]

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New solution: Dust in the workplace!

March 31, 2017

A new solution about dust in the workplace was recently shared from the UK! Dust is often considered a nuisance, but it can also be a killer in the workplace. For instance, dust can cause cancer in the lungs, asthma, allergies and even heart disease. In the UK, a guideline about dust was published to […]

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Just in: basic rules for carcinogen exposure!

March 31, 2017

The Roadmap on carcinogens has drafted a few essential rules that apply whenever carcinogenic substances are used in any workplace. Let’s give you a heads up of the most important rules to live (and work!) by: For workers: Make sure to wash yourself after working with chemicals and carcinogens, pay special attention to hands and […]

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