Fighting Cancer at the Workplace – EU Roadmap on Carcinogens event
This session is part of the A+A international trade fare.
Cancer is estimated to be the leading cause of work-related deaths in the EU. Many of these are estimated to be caused by carcinogenic substances in the workplace. The protection of workers from work-related cancer risks has been recognised as one of the key challenges for the health and safety of workers in the 21st century. The Netherlands Presidency of the European Council, the European Commission, the European Agency for safety and health at work (EU-OSHA) and the European social partners have therefore subscribed on May 25, 2016 to a voluntary action scheme to help combat work-related cancer. This „roadmap on carcinogens“ aims to raise awareness of the risks arising from
exposures to carcinogens in the workplace and at the same time pave the way for better protection of workers through the exchange of innovative and effective prevention measures. Along with these European activities the Occupational
safety and health authorities of the regions in the Federal Republic of Germany have also made the fight against occupational cancer into a particular priority in the framework of their multiannual strategy. Labour inspections in North Rhine-Westphalia, Hesse and Thuringia have inspected selected workplaces with carcinogenic substance exposure. First results have now become available
The latest developments in the European Union and the Federal Republic of Germany will be presented in a joint event organised by the European Agency for safety and health at work (EU-OSHA), the Senior Labour inspectors committee´s (SLIC) Chemex group chaired by the Health & Safety Executive in the UK as well as the network of regional labour inspectorates (Lasi) represented by the Hessian Ministry of Social Affairs and Integration and other regional authorities. Discussions with the audience will conclude the morning and the afternoon sessions respectively. Translation will be provided