Challenge 3.4: Empowering workers

Workers need to be aware of their rights and obligations 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.

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). 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.


Challenge Team

  • ETUI


  • ETUC member organisations
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