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 deaths.
Stefan Olsson (DG EMPL):
“The symbolic importance of this event is enormous because it shows the almost unique joint commitment of all partners (EU-Commission, EU-Parliament, the Agencies, Member States and Social Partners) to maintain the momentum of the fight against occupational cancer. Therefore, the fight against occupational cancer has to have a central role in the new and upcoming EU OSH framework.“
Even though the pandemic made direct exchange difficult, the interest of the participants was high. This was demonstrated by more than 1,500 viewers from 26 countries worldwide who followed the live transmission. Participants exchanged views on further steps to prevent work-related cancer and agreed that, in addition to the legal regulations, further efforts are needed to support companies in protecting their employees. An important part of the programme was the Strategy 2020-2024, presented by the Roadmap on Carcinogens partners.