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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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Latest HesaMag issue dedicated to work-related cancer

December 7, 2018

The latest issue of HesaMag, the magazine of the European Trade Union Institute on OSH and working conditions, focusses on work-related cancer. The title “emerging from obscurity” is related to the low visibility of the phenomenon. This might be because the majority of the affected population of work-related cancer are ‘silent workers’, in other words, blue-collar […]

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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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