Romanian Labour Inspection initiative to support workers and employers
In the first half of 2017, the Romanian Labour Inspection conducted a control campaign aimed at preventing occupational cancer by controlling the way of implementation of specific legislation and raising awareness among stakeholders. The Romanian Labour Inspection joined the efforts of the European Commission and the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) to prevent exposure to carcinogens.
The target group of the action was that of the employers from all the counties, especially the SMEs, in the fields of activity that use carcinogenic substances/ mixtures of categories 1A and 1B according to Regulation (EC) no. (EC) No 1272/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 16 December 2008 on Classification, Labeling and Packaging of substances and mixtures (CLP).
During the inspections, about 100 labour inspectors visited 243 workplaces in 219 enterprises, amounting to more than 2500 workers exposed to carcinogens. The Labour Inspection action has enjoyed wide coverage in the media, both in the central and in the local press.
We consider that through the results achieved, this action for the enforcement of the legislation on the protection of workers exposed to carcinogenic chemicals has reached its aim in raising awareness among employers and employees of the need to prevent occupational cancer by implementing specific legislation. Territorial Labour Inspectorates will continue to monitor, through control and information actions, the enterprises that use carcinogenic chemical substances/mixtures.