Many organisations play a part in the prevention of exposure to cancer causing agents. The roadmap wants to seek cooperation and mobilise those important stakeholders if needed.
Cross-industry and sectoral organisations play a significant role to their members in raising awareness, in assisting businesses as well as in developing specific practical guidance (Ch. 3.1). Enforcing bodies need to assess compliance (Ch. 3.2, Ch 3.3) and workers need to be aware of risks and accordingly adjust their behaviour (Ch. 3.4).
Challenge 3.1: engaging industry and sectors
The more cross-industry and sectoral organisations (both at the European and the national level) can be mobilised to join the Roadmap on Carcinogens, the more sectors will benefit from the mapped and explained solutions. The Roadmap aims at activating sectors to develop their own solutions and feed into the Roadmap, not only with initial ideas, but also with practical details on how to implement these solutions. Furthermore involving these organisations in Roadmap on Carcinogens 2.0 and find ways for collaboration and future projects.
Challenge 3.2: involving occupational prevention organisations
Social insurance associations/networks and their local partners (federations, occupational services, etc.) are involved with companies and demand safe(r) handling of carcinogenic agents when insuring their clients with compensation in case of accidents or occupational diseases. They support with sector specific guidance and tools to assist companies to self-assess their compliance with legal provisions and sufficient RRM.
Challenge 3.3: cooperation with inspectorates
Enforcement is an important tool to ensure compliance. When it comes to OSH, national labour inspectorates come into the picture, with European cooperation taking place in the Senior Labour Inspectors Committee, SLIC for short. By running this challenge, the RoC explores the possibility to collaborate with SLIC to further improve knowledge sharing.
Challenge 3.4: empowering workers
Consultation and participation of workers in the application of all Occupational Safety & Health directives is an important provision of the OSH Framework Directive (Dir 89/391/EEC) including its daughter directive on Carcinogens & Mutagens (Dir 2004/37/EC) (CMD). Workers need to be aware of their rights and obligations under the CMD in order to contribute to the employer’s risk assessment and put in place the adequate prevention measures to eliminate or reduce exposure to carcinogens. A small practical guide explaining employers and workers rights and obligations under the CMD will be useful to help workers and/or their representatives understand how they can contribute to the prevention of occupational cancers in all companies (whatever their size or industrial sector) where workers are exposed to carcinogens and mutagens.